SACHIN SIWACH (57kg)
When Krishan Siwach took his 10-year-old son Sachin to a boxing academy in Bhiwani in 2009, coach Sanjay Sheoran, son of Captain Hawa Singh, who ran the Captain Hawa Singh Academy, refused to enrol him “because he was undernourished”. Seven years later, the light flyweight boxer, became 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.
Sachin’s father Krishan, who is the brother of Olympian boxer Vijender, was determined to make his son a boxer and on his continuous insistence, Sheoran finally agreed to enrol Sachin in his boxing academy. After his enrolment, Krishan’s main concern was how he was going to afford a healthy diet the coach had prescribed. As luck would have it, Krishan found a stray cow that had wandered into the village. He got the cow tested by a vet and the rest is history.
At 5’8’’, Siwach is now easily amongst the tallest boxers in 52-kg category with a remarkable reach advantage.
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