Sumit Kundu (75kg)
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From working as a security guard in a school to securing his ticket for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Sumit Kund’s journey was full of challenges. The 19-year-old boxer from Dhakal village of Haryana, comes from a humble background. He lost his father when he was very young. And after father’s death, Sumit’s mother started doing odd tailoring jobs in order to look after the family.
Sumit started boxing in 2013. But to see his family going through a very tough phase, he decided to leave the sport and took up a guard’s job in a school. While the financial struggles were forcing him to give up on boxing, some elders from the village came to his support and assured him of financial help.
Sumit has not looked back since then.
Sumit won gold at the National School Games in 2018 and in Khelo India Games in 2019. He also became a junior national champion in 2018 where he was adjudged the best boxer. The money he earned from these events as a prize, helped him to spend on diet and training.
In 2021, he won the senior nationals title on debut. Later he went on to win the Thailand Open tournament and also represented India at the World Championships where he reached quarter-finals. One of his biggest wins came in the Strandja Memorial when he upstaged world championships silver medallist Dzhambulat Bizhamov.
One of the most promising Indian boxers, Sumit is currently preparing for the Commonwealth games.