Vijender Singh Beniwal
‘I would like to be the Sachin Tendulkar of boxing one day.’
Vijender Singh is the first ever winner from India of an Olympic medal in Boxing. The Beijing Olympics was a turning point in the life of this Haryana boy. His hard work, struggle, sincerity and passion for the sport of Boxing, has made him a top-ranked boxer today.
Catch Vijender Singh at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, but before that, put on your boxing gloves, as we bring to you an exclusive interview with the ace boxer.
Q. Did you always want to become a boxer?
Boxing has been a passion since I was a kid. I started boxing about 14 to 15 years ago when I picked it up, inspired by my elder brother.
Q. How do you train yourself?
I undergo rigorous training everyday by covering each and every aspect of the game right from physical, mental and technical. I follow a strict schedule and a healthy diet to make my body ready for championships.
Q. How often do you get hurt while boxing?
Getting hurt is a part and parcel of my profession. In fact, it is very seldom that I do not get injured as this sport is high octane and unpredictable.
Q. How do you prepare yourself just before a boxing match?
I meditate and visualize my fights and try to do everything I can to get my mental focus on track. At the same time I also train physically and practice as much as possible. I do not eat anything that will make me sluggish or affect my concentration in any way.
Q. Which has been your most challenging boxing match till now?
I faced a lot of defeat in the beginning of my career and that, in a way drove me to get better at my game. The National Championship title in 2003 was a big win in my career and also the most challenging. Even though I won, the coaches were not completely satisfied if I was ready for the senior tour. I had to prove my worth in an Invitational National Tournament in Goa, where I won the gold medal, along with it the ‘most promising boxer’ title.
Q. If you weren’t a boxer, you would have been__________?
A sportsman for sure, probably a cricketer
Q. What would you like to say to our readers?
Follow your dreams. You are your own friend and your own enemy and your mind is the most powerful tool. So aim for the best and go achieve it!
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