Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He started boxing age 13.
|Why this sport?
||He started as a hobby and developed a passion for it.
|Club / Team
||Infinity Optimal Solutions: India
|Name of coach
||G. S. Sandhu [chief coach]
|Coach from which country?
||A career-threatening wrist injury kept him out of action for most of 2007. (zeenews.com, 12 Feb 2008)
|Awards and honours
||He won an Arjuna Award, India's second highest national recognition for sportsmen and women, for 2005. (yas.nic.in, 09 Oct 2007)
||AGAINST SCORING CHANGES
He was known for his 'open guard' style and was against the changes made to the scoring system in boxing, saying they have made the sport easy and unattractive. "In the past boxing was remembered for the style and grandeur of the greats like Muhammad Ali but with the changes everybody has to be on their guard during the bout." (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 11 Feb 2010)
His gold medal in the bantamweight division at the 2006 Commonwealth Games was only the second boxing gold for India in Games history, but he still had to wait for the government's promised bonus of $INR1,000,000 [approx $USD22,700]. "Beating people inside the ring seems easy when compared to fighting this set-up," he said. (indiadaily.com, 25 Mar 2006, rediff.com, 05 Feb 2008)