Asian champion Shiva Thapa is excited to join the World Series of Boxing (WSB) outfit, USA Knockouts, and hopes to gain from his experience in the semi-professional competition.

Thapa was relieved after getting his visa on Saturday evening and is preparing to leave for the USA on Sunday. The 20-year-old counted the positives of such an exposure. “This is the first time I will be fighting five rounds. That means I have to improve my stamina, which will stand me in good stead in amateur competitions which have only three rounds,” said Thapa, a 56kg boxer.

Since amateur men’s boxing had done away with head gears, Thapa hoped his WSB exposure would come in handy. “Most of the WSB boxers did well in the last World championship. So, I will get used to the new style by fighting in the WSB.”

USA Knockouts will resume its season with an away date with Ukraine on January 16.

Sumit Sangwan (81kg), who has also signed for the USA team, is awaiting his visa.

Chief National coach G.S. Sandhu said the two boxers would gain a lot from the WSB. “In the next Olympics, 40 to 50 per cent of the quota places will be taken away by the WSB boxers.

“By participating in the WSB, these two enhance their chances of qualifying for the Rio Olympics.

“Besides, they will get the opportunity to train with some world class boxers and coaches. This will do a world of good to their confidence,” said Sandhu.

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