Dinesh Kumar Sangwan won gold in the Commonwealth Boxing Championship and a silver in the Asian Games but subsequently lost his spot in the 81 kilogram category to youngster Sumit Sangwan during the London Olympics trials. Now,the 25-year-old has once again made a comeback to the Indian boxing team and he leads the charge in the 91 kg category in the Asian Boxing Championship to be held in Amman,Jordan,from June 30.
“It’s tough to remain out of the national reckoning. But I am glad that I have got this opportunity. I was away from the national camp for more than an year and last month’s FXTM Tournament in Cyprus was my first tournament after the gap. I defeated Olympian and WSB champion Chouaib Bouloudinat from Algeria in the semifinal. The tournament gave me enough exposure and confidence for the Asian Championships,” the 25-year-old Bhiwani boxer said.
Last year saw Dinesh completing one-year of training as a police inspector with the Haryana police. A chat with national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu meant that Sangwan shifted to the 91kg category and joined the national camp in March early this year alongside Asian Games silver medallist Manpreet Singh.
“It was a tough year for me after I missed the London Olympics. I thought of completing my training as an inspector and the period also gave me time to recover from injuries. By the time I started training in early February,I had gained weight and hence I decided to compete in heavyweight category,” said Sangwan,who also won a bronze meal in 2008 World Cup in Moscow. Need for speed”In heavyweight categories,it’s all about endurance and strong punches. But with the new rules (pro-style scoring system),fitness and speed will also be the key. I spent the last month with Vijender Singh at Sonepat and sparring with him has helped me to increase my speed,” Sangwan said.