Suranjoy Mayengbam Singh became the 32nd Indian boxer to be accorded with the Arjuna Award, recognizing his outstanding achievement in the sport of boxing. He became a part of a prestigious club with names like Capt Hawa Singh, Ng. Dingko Singh, Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar. It was a historic moment for Indian boxing with one its most prolific boxers being bestowed with the honour by the President of Indian at a grand ceremony in the Capital on Monday (29 Aug, 11)
A bronze medallist in the 2004 Junior World Championships, the boy from Uchiwa village of Imphal district in Manipur went through an agonizing period of obscurity and failures before resurrecting with an unparalleled performance in the year 2009, where he was named AIBA's Best Boxer of the year. Winning the top honours for the country at the CW Boxing Championship and the Games, Suranjoy has earned the tag of a seasoned boxer.
The 25-year-old, who won seven straight international gold medals between 2009 and 2010, ended a 15-year wait for India by winning gold at the Asian Boxing Championships, at Zhuhai, China, in June 2009. He also became the first Indian boxer to win the Gold Medal in the 51 kg Flyweight Category at the Inter-Continental President's Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan in December of 2009. Known for his aggressive style of play, the diminutive pugilist was at his destructive best in the year 2009. Starting with the A K Mishra International event in Chandigarh, Suranjoy went on to finish at the top in the European Grand Prix, the Asian Championships and the President's Cup. In between he also claimed the national title in the flyweight category.
He continued his form in the year 2010 as well, winning the flyweight Gold Medals at the Commonwealth Boxing Championships and Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi. Suranjoy?s gold medal streak came to an end at the 2010 Asian Games where he had to be content with a bronze medal finish. The Manipur boxer, nicknamed ?Little Tyson? by his peers suffered a major loss when he lost his mother to cancer in December 2010, but he was back to training a few weeks later.
Having overcome the trauma, the services boxer made his presence felt once again winning a bronze medal at the 2011 Giraldo C?rdova Cardin? Memorial Boxing Tournament in Havana, Cuba and the fifth World Military Games in Brazil.
Suranjoy who dedicated his Arjuna award to his mother said it is just one of the several goals that he wants to achieve to honour her memory. "I dedicate this award to my late mother, Tampaklei Singh. She wanted to see me as a successful boxer and represent my country at the Olympics and I try my level best to fulfil her dream?, expressed Suranjoy.
Looking forward to the AIBA World Championship ? the first qualifying event for the London Olympics, the Navy man is now focusing on booking his berth for the games.
?We have been training hard at the camp in NIS Patiala and I have had some good match practice and a taste of the competition that I might face at the WC at the Military Games and I am hopeful of a good performance.?