Once locked in room for boxing, Mandeep Jangra finds key to success

His opponent in the final and eventual gold-medallist, Kazakhstan's Daniyar Yeleussinov, was declared the event's best boxer. He had the talent but Mandeep said his career took direction only after he came under the aegis of former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Akhil Kumar.

updated: July 10, 2013 13:28 IST
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New Delhi: The first time Mandeep Jangra tried his hand in boxing, that too by chance rather than choice, he ended up being thrashed by none other than his own father.

But after Mandeep proved his mettle with a silver medal at the just-concluded Asian Championships, the 20-year-old was pleasantly surprised to find him at the airport to receive him.

"Previously he didn't even know where I was training, today he came to the airport to receive me," said the soft-spoken Hisar-lad, who bagged the 69kg silver medal at the Asian Championships in Amman, Jordan.

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