When Krishan took his 10-yo son Sachin to a boxing academy in Bhiwani, coach Sanjay Sheoran refused to enrol him because he was undernourished. Seven years later, the light flyweight boxer, is only the third Indian – and the first in six years — to win a gold medal at the Youth Boxing World Championships, held at St Petersburg, Russia, and it was well-deserved.
Sachin’s father Krishan, whose brother Vijender is a boxer, was determined to make his son a boxer and on his continuous insistence, Sheoran finally agreed to enrol Sachin in his boxing academy.
“He was so thin and unhealthy that I refused to his father because Sachin’s weight was less than 30 kg,” Sheoran told One India.
After his enrolment, Krishan’s main concern was how he was going to afford fresh milk — an essential part of the diet the coach had prescribed. The wheat the family produced at Mitathal village, was just enough to make both ends meet for the family.
But with a stroke of luck, Krishan found a stray cow that had wandered into the village, which he took home when nobody came to claim it. He got the cow tested by a vet and from that day onwards Sachin got the nutrition he required.
While there are proper boxing rings, gym and other such facilities in other academies, Sheoran’s academy is just a small piece of dusty, pebble-laden land with dry, wild grass.
“Char jhande mitti mein ghaad diye hai. Bas wahi hai hamari ring,” Sheoran says.
Since, there aren’t many kids training at Sheoran’s academy, he got the chance to focus on Sachin’s training entirely.
At 5’8, Siwach is easily amongst the tallest boxers in 50-kg category and has a remarkable reach advantage.
He beat junior world champion Cosmin Girleanu of Romania in the pre-quarters and Cuba’s Jose Grinan in the final using the ‘stick and move‘ tactic.
“So I was pretty confident going into the youth worlds. Every day, I used to make a call to Mitathal and make strategies for the next round with coach. It’s his hard work that has paid off,” Sachin told The Indian Express.
But Sachin has just started and his goals are much higher. “I want to compete at the 2020 Olympics. It is the youth boxers who will come of age at Tokyo. I think it will be my chance then,” he says confidently.