At the time of her birth, she was quite unhealthy and was born as a premature baby, her weight was lower than the set weight standard. Her chances of survival were low. However, Manjit Kolekar’s journey has become a success story for the world.
Manjit’s parents were not in favor of her decision when she chose to take up combat sports like boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). With years of hard work Manjit has become one of the most successful fighters in India.
The 26-year-old from Mumbai started off as a boxer almost 10 years back. At the district and state levels, she did exceptionally well. There has been no stopping her since, she even bagged a bronze medal in the Inter Zonal National Boxing Championship in 2011. However, things became quite slow when it came to her recognition as a fighter.
Manjit later shifted her focus to MMA. According to a report, she said,
During the national selections, I beat my senior twice. But I was not selected, stating that I did not have enough experience being a junior. And the same thing happened twice with me. That’s the reason I left boxing.
As a professional MMA artist, Kolekar has an impressive 11-1 win-loss record in her career so far. Out of her 11 wins, only two have gone the distance with the rest nine coming by either submissions or stoppages. MMA is still a lesser known sport in India. However, Kolekar has not ended ties with boxing.
“I started my career as a boxer. Even now when I play MMA, I am introduced as a boxer because boxing is my style. So, I never want to give up on boxing. It feels good to do again what I had left,” revealed Kolekar in the report. She calls former world champion boxer Laishram Sarita Devi her idol.
After a gap of six years, Manjit will be donning the boxing gloves once again as she has signed up to play for the Mumbai Assassins in the inaugural Super Boxing League (SBL), scheduled this Friday.