Patiala-based boxer Reyal Puri made a cut for the upcoming AIBA World Youth Boxing Championship St. Petersburg, Russia from November 17. He qualified the selections trials held at Sports Authority of India Centre in Aurangabad on November 2.
The 17-year-old pugilist will be part of the Indian delegation that will be competing in the light-heavyweight (81-kg) category. Earlier, he hit headlines after clinching a silver medal at the Asian Youth Boxing Championship held in Kazakhstan earlier this year.
Speaking to HT from the national camp in Aurangabad Puri said that it has been a great platform to show the caliber in such a prestigious tournament.
“I am currently polishing my skills and learning new tactics to deal with hurdles in the big matches”, said Puri.
He started his boxing career four years ago at his school. He won the silver medal in the School Nationals in 2014. Last year he bettered his performance and bagged the gold medal in the same tournament. Earlier this year, he won the gold medal in Youth National Boxing Championship held in Andhra Pradesh.
Puri credits his grandmother for his success and says she always supported and motivated him to pursue his career in boxing. Apart from moral support, she always traveled with him during the championships and took care of his needs.
Reyal Puri, a product of Polo Ground Boxing Centre run by Harpreet Singh Hundal, is also thankful to Hundal for his training and guidance.
Hundal says, “Reyal has gradually raised his career from Youth Nationals to Asian Championship. I am confident that he will finish with flying colours at the podium in the upcoming tournament.”