Assamese boxer Abhijit Baruah on Thursday rewrote his own Asia Book of Records mark of landing the most number of punches in a minute. He bettered his previous record of 329 full contact punches per minute established on October 13 last year at a function held at Assam Bhawan here.
The 23-year-old from Jorhat, who holds a Guinness world record for running the longest distance (156.2 km) barefoot in 24 hours, landed 395 punches in 60 seconds. However, the adjudicators gave green signal for 387 punches after analysing a video footage of the event in ultra slow-motion mode.
Baruah, a martial arts expert, was well supported by Jayanta Tamuli, who took the flurry of blows for one minute. Baruah’s record was also recognised by the Assist World Records and the World Records University, which bestowed the Assamese with an honorary doctorate degree. “I am elated to have broken my own record. It is a very proud moment for me. I was confident that I would be able to achieve the mark,” said Baruah.
Baruah said he would try to set a Guinness record in this category. “Now that I have broken my own record, I will look to scale new heights. A Guinness record in this category and Olympic boxing are the two things that I want to focus on. I want to get selected for the national squad. My first target will be to participate in the national championship this year,” said Baruah.