I remember hitting a senior boy with my Milton bottle in school recess as he was not letting the girls fill water from tap, saying that only senior boys get to decide who get a chance.
I was the captain of basketball team in my school and also played to state level but growing up from country’s educational hub Kota, my family expected me to become an IIT. Then my mother came to my rescue and convinced my father to let me pursue my first love – sports.
When I wanted to pursue basketball further my father said don’t take a team sport ‘you should either take up wrestling or boxing as they suit your nature’.
The moment he mentioned boxing I immediately agreed and was adamant that I would play only this game.
My father warned that I could lose my teeth and my face could get disfigured in boxing.
I replied that I would do the same to her as well then. He just laughed at my response.
My dadi, chacha and chachi were against it. Dadi said ‘koi peth mein ladki ko maardega toh baccha nahi kar payegi…kaun shaadi karega’.
But my mother always stood by me. She never let me enter the kitchen but instead asked me to focus on my passion.
There was no boxing coach in Kota then I came across Sir Ashok Gautam a Wushu coach and started training under him.
I was 15, when I got selected for my first junior nationals and won gold. Then there was no looking back. In Khelo India Games I bagged gold for 3 consecutive years in 69 kg category.
I am an aggressive boxer and have bagged six gold medals in international.
But in 2018 I suffered an injury. Few local boxers did not like girls boxing so during training one of them hit me so hard that I went unconscious.
It was a serious head injury and I was hospitalized for a month. Many times I would collapse while hitting the punch bag but I never gave up.
My efforts were fruitful when I won gold at Adriatic Pearl Tournament in Montenegro. My focus is to win the Olympics Championship to be held in 2024.
I want to establish myself as the best in the boxing world. ‘log jaise Muhammed Ali ko yaad kartey hai, mujhe bhi boxing ki duniya mein yaad rakhe..bus’.
(Interviewed and written by Raavya Sarda)