Date of Birth: 6-12-1999
Place of Birth: Miththal Village, Bhiwani
Present Residence: Bhiwani
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. The wheat the family produced at Mitathal village, was just enough to make both ends meet.
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.
Since, there weren’t many kids training at Sheoran’s academy, he got the chance to focus on Sachin’s training entirely. But Sachin’s father Krishan, whose brother Vijender is a boxer, was insistent and at 5’8, Siwach is easily amongst the tallest boxers in 52-kg category with 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. Today Sachin is eyeing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and believes he has a chance to pick an Olympic medal.