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A 20-year-old boy from Dhandlan village in Haryana, Sagar is all set to live his dream at the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games. It will be the first time that the youngster will be donning the India colors and enter the ring at an international event.
The boxer comes from a farmer’s family which had no connection to sports. Not inclined towards studies, Sagar was in search for an alternative option to make a career and that’s where he came across boxing. Interestingly Sagar’s boxing dream began with a newspaper article. A full-page story about the famous bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao seven years ago, inspired him to take up boxing.
Sagar began training at the Jhajjar’s Jawahar Bagh Stadium from 2017. He would travel 20km distance on his bike to the stadium however his training was irregular as he had to help his father in the farm sometime.
Despite all the struggles, Sagar kept working hard as his first big win came in 2019 when he won gold at All India University and later went onto clinch two successive gold at the Khelo India University Games.
In the last Senior Nationals, Sagar impressed everyone despite finishing as the runners-up after losing to Narender in the final. Senior National success got him a chance to be part of the national camp.
In the Commonwealth Games trials, Sagar defeated his idol Satish Kumar and then beat national champion Narender to book a Birmingham ticket.
- Senior Nationals 2022: Silver medal