For boxer Suranjoy Singh, ignorance is bliss, or so it seems. He revels in his own world, unmindful of the trivialities around him. His eyes are so docile that no one can think he revels in inflicting pain upon others. At times, he looks passionless too. That’s, of course, when he is not in the ring. His opponents, however, call this just a façade.
Hidden beneath that meekness lurks a battle-hardened champion who has won medals at the highest level, subduing opponents in the most assertive manner. Also named chhota Tyson for his uncanny resemblance to Mike Tyson, Suranjoy, loves to fight. Such is his passion that he is yet to learn about a life that has no boxing in it. “I haven’t given it a thought and I won’t as of now,” he says going about his chores in the newly built swanky hall in NIS Patiala.
Life, for Surnajoy, for now is all about boxing. When he is not fighting for a medal or purse, he is training. All those drops of sweat and blood that trickle down on the canvas of the ring are the outcome of years of toil off it. He thinks those drops of sweat are the manifestation of his hard work he has put into his training. There is six hours of official training in the National camp, but even during hours, which most pugilists use to recover, Suranjoy heads to the gym or his room to work on his footwork and speed.
“That’s the time I work on every aspect of the game, which I think needs some attention,” says Suranjoy. A short-tempered fighter initially, Suranjoy had to really work on anger management. “Anger management a year ago really helped,” he says.
Waking up at the crack of dawn, Suranjoy’s daily routine takes him through three hours of training in the morning and three hours in the evening. Running, skipping, shadow boxing, punching bags are some of the drills he goes through daily. Even during recess — between 11-12 — he doesn’t stop training. “I keep that moment for my own training. Everything else is looked after by our coach.”
What’s been more of a fun is the ritual before the weigh-in. That is the time when a boxer has to fight the weighing machine. An ounce more and he is disqualified.
For Surnajoy, getting it right, without losing power is not easy. From spending hours without water to surviving just on one meal involves determination. Suranjoy has passed even this test. “I can live without water for 6-7 hours even while the training is in full swing,” he boasts.
Suranjoy, however, limits his weight training to two days a week where he works on strengthening his muscles. “I rely entirely on my coach (Gurbax Singh) Sandhu sir who has fixed a two-day programme for strengthening exercises,” he says. With new facilities coming up in Patiala, Suranjoy believes the next generation of boxers will benefit. For now, his eyes are fixed on an event that’s storming New Delhi in October.