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Olympic dream in sight for Jassowal boxer

When Parminder Singh saw Sylvester Stallone's alter-ego Rocky on the small screen at his friend's place,the then 13-year-old boy was totally in awe.

Written by Pervez Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: July 4, 2009 2:57:48 am

When Parminder Singh saw Sylvester Stallone’s alter-ego Rocky on the small screen at his friend’s place,the then 13-year-old boy was totally in awe. The power-packed punches that the character left on his opponent’s face left a long lasting impression on his young mind. The fact that his elder brother Balkar Singh was already a famous name in the national boxing added fuel to his burning desire to take up an adventurous sport. “Rocky had a big impact on me. I had never seen anything like that before. I wanted to box like him and then my brother Balkar also encouraged me to take up boxing,” shared Parminder Singh who is now a renowned name in Indian boxing circuit.

After honing his skills under coach Harpreet Singh,Parminder was a regular fixture in the Punjab State Championship,where he won his first gold in 2003. But the turning point in his career came when he fetched gold in junior national championship in Jamshedpur in 2004.

“I was under a lot of pressure at that time as my family,especially my brother,wanted me to win a medal. That gold came at the right moment and it boosted my confidence to perform well further” informed the 21-year-old.

Proving his worth in the national circuit,he shot to glory when he won a bronze in Uzbekistan in the 81kg category. He followed it up with a silver and bronze in Russia in 2006. But the real test in his career was yet to come as he stepped into the senior level competition where he had to prove his billing as a prodigious talent. “I had lots of expectations riding on me. Thankfully,I won gold in senior YMC Championship in Delhi in 2007 where I was also the best boxer. But my biggest win so far has been the bronze medal in Germany in 2008 where pugilists from major boxing countries had come,” said the Jassowal lad.

Currently,he is practicing at the NIS,Patiala for the Commonwealth Games. “I want to devote all my time to boxing and do well in every championship and consolidate my position at the national level. But my dream is to be a part of the Indian side for the 2012 Olympics and win a medal for my country,” said Parminder.

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