Boxer Sanjeet’s ultimate dream is to win Olympic gold

When asked about his expectations for the upcoming Commonwealth Games(CWG), Sanjeet, the reigning menโ€™s heavyweight Asian Boxing Champion, had a simple answer โ€“ To win the gold medal.ย 

โ€œThe preparation for CWG is going great. I am six weeks into it and I am feeling really confident,โ€ added the Haryana-born boxer.

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Sanjeet, who missed out on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to a cruel coincidence of injury and Covid-19-related cancellation of qualifiers, bounced back to defeat three-time Asian Champion and Rio Olympics silver medalist, Vasily Levit, to secure Indiaโ€™s only gold medal in the menโ€™s 2021 Asian Boxing Championship in Dubai.

Speaking about his gold medal run in Dubai, Sanjeet said, โ€œWhen the tournament began, my expectations were low and I never thought that I could defeat someone like Vasily Levit. But as I got through each round, I gained confidence.โ€

โ€œBy the time I reached the final, my morale was at its highest. That is when I felt for the first time that I could beat him (Levit). I think that winning that final and the gold medal are the biggest achievements of my life,โ€ he added.

The 25-year-old also came close to winning a medal in the 2021 AIBA World Boxing Championships, with a quarterfinal finish in Serbia.

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A habit that has helped Sanjeet, who is backed by the JSW group, in his course of success has been reading. โ€œI started reading books only when I started taking boxing seriously. When I find quotes from these books which motivates me, I note them on my phone and go back to them when I feel a little down,โ€ he said.

Sanjeet, whose boxing career sparked off after he joined the Army in 2015, has a clear plan set out. โ€œWinning a gold medal at the Olympics is my ultimate dream but there are a lot of things to do before the Paris Olympics. We have the Commonwealth coming up, Asian Games next year and the World Championship after that. So I have a clear roadmap prepared for the Paris dream.โ€

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