Biggest moment of my career: India’s newest Asian champion in boxing Sanjeet Kumar

He took to boxing to keep away from “padhai likhai” and India’s newest Asian champion Sanjeet’s religion in his selection has paid off fairly nicely as he revels in the glory of beating an Olympic medallist for the “greatest moment” of his decade-long profession.

The 26-year-old from Haryana’s Rohtak took down Kazakhstan’s Vassiliy Levit, who’s the 2016 Olympic silver-medallist and a two-time world bronze-winner, in the ultimate of the just-concluded event in Dubai on Monday.

It was a revenge of types for Sanjeet (91 kg) as he had been knocked out by Levit in 2018 throughout the President’s Cup in Kazakhstan.

“It’s the greatest moment of my profession though I’m additionally a world championship quarterfinalist. To beat an Olympic medallist is a large deal,” Sanjeet advised PTI earlier than boarding his flight again house.

The enormity of his win may be gauged from the truth that Levit was chasing a fourth gold medal on the continental showpiece and has a complete of 5 medals at this occasion.

The Kazakh has additionally certified for the Olympic Video games in Tokyo.

Nevertheless, earlier than the momentous night in Dubai, Sanjeet’s main accomplishments included profitable a nationwide championship gold medal in 2018, an India Open gold in the identical yr and in addition a victory in the now discontinued pro-style World Sequence of Boxing.

He has an unmissable delight for all his achievements and for a way far he has come since venturing into the ring for the primary time a decade again, impressed by his brother who can be his formative coach.

“I took to boxing after seeing my brother, he’s my coach as nicely, it was in 2010. Truly, for me it was an escape from padhai likhai (research). I used to be not and my mother and father actually wished me to deal with schooling,” he recalled.

“So there was this early resistance from them however I used to be clear about what I wished to do. As soon as I began profitable medals on the state stage, they got here round too. They’re proud of me,” he mentioned.

The Military man earned effusive reward from nationwide coach C A Kuttappa, who has seen his development from shut vary.

“He was all about energy punches until a number of years again and has come fairly a distance since that crushing loss to Levit in 2018. We have now labored on his velocity in the ring and in addition his physique punches,” Kuttappa mentioned.

In 2019, Sanjeet had made a mark on the world championships in Russia by reaching the quarterfinals earlier than finally shedding on a break up resolution.

For all of the spunk he displayed in the Asian championships, Sanjeet just isn’t in the reckoning for the Olympics in July-August.

He couldn’t make the workforce for the Asian Olympic qualifiers final yr as he was on the sidelines as a result of of a shoulder harm which wanted surgical procedure.

“That was simply dangerous luck. He would have completed nicely had he gone. Even when he had not certified, he would have had the rankings to make it via now,” Kuttappa mentioned.

However there are excessive hopes from him going ahead.

“We have now to be strict with him in coaching as a result of he can slack off however he delivers when pushed. For now, he wants to enhance on one depend. Suppose on his personal in the ring,” Kuttappa mentioned.

“He has this behavior of trying in the direction of the workforce nook when the going will get robust, he must be a proactive thinker whereas preventing. We are going to get there, he’s studying,” he added.

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