Indian professional boxer Neeraj Goyat has entered the World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings post his successful defence of the welterweight Asia Pacific title in October.
Goyat is currently placed 35th in the WBC list -- updated after his victory over Australia's Ben Kite. He had defeated Kite 120-110 119-109 115-113 in 12 rounds to win the title.
With the win, Goyat now has an overall record of eight wins in 12 pro fights.
"It's a huge achievement for me to enter the top-35 of WBC rankings, which has had world champions like Floyd Mayweather among others. I am the first Indian boxer to break into these rankings and I am very happy about it. My next target is to win a WBC international title which would propel me into the top-15 of the rankings," Neeraj said.
A place in top-15 would enable Goyat to challenge for the world title as well. "That is my ultimate goal -- to win the world title, but it is one step at a time. So I am taking things as they come," Neeraj said.