Date of birth: 18.07.94.
Place of birth: Sundarnagar, Himachal Pradesh
Born into a family with multiple boxers, it was watching his national medallist cousin train that inspired the young Ashish Kumar to enter the ring. The youngster dreamt of becoming like his cousin and that dream materialized when he was sent to the Sundarnagar Boxing Club to get his first training at the age of 14.
He started flourishing at the junior level soon after and got a gold medal at a junior state competition in 2008-09. The Junior Nationals followed soon where he made it to the quarters.
After a bronze at the School Nationals, he played the Youth Nationals in 2012. That same year, he played the Senior Nationals for the very first time and it was since then that he continued to be in 75kg category.
His first gold medal in 75kg was at the National Games in 2015. In 2018, he secured the bronze at the Nationals and another bronze from the Asian Games Test event. He made it to the quarters of the India Open that same year and also participated at the President’s Cup.
This year, he played at the Strandja Cup and also at a round-robin event in Germany where he had a win and 2 losses before winning a Silver at the Asian Championships followed by a Gold in Thailand Open. He has also secured his place in the World Championships team.
The 24-year-old, who aspires to be an Olympic medallist, has been focussing on strength training for the upcoming Asian Championships.