Chote Lal punches big, wins it for little sister
On Friday, at the finals of the 57th Senior Men's National Boxing Championship at the Talkatora indoor stadium, Chote Lal wanted to triumph for his sister, who suffers from partial visual impairment, so that he could get her treated with the prize money.Updated: Jul 17, 2010 01:15 IST
There are times in a boxer's life when motivation lies beyond a podium finish.
A case in point is Chote Lal.
On Friday, at the finals of the 57th Senior Men's National Boxing Championship at the Talkatora indoor stadium, Chote Lal wanted to triumph for his sister, who suffers from partial visual impairment, so that he could get her treated with the prize money.
Pitted against former Olympian S. Suresh Singh, Chote Lal was aware he was up against a seasoned campaigner. But deep down, the Services Sports Control Board boxer knew he could outpoint Suresh. He did so in a one-sided encounter, winning the bantamweight (56 kg) final 8-2.
“I wanted to win for two reasons. One, I wanted to retain the position for the third consecutive year but more than that I wanted to help my younger sister, Laxmi, regain her vision,” he said.
Laxmi has been suffering for the last four years.
“She was very keen that I win. As she can't see, she was constantly asking my mother which corner I was fighting from and when I was announced the winner, she was overjoyed,” said the 22-year-old three-time national champion.
Chote Lal will give the cheque of Rs 10,000, from the sponsors, and Rs 6000, from the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), to his parents so that Laxmi can see her brother win greater laurels in future.
“I hope the next time I win, Laxmi can see me with the medal around my neck,” he said.
Chote Lal also praised his opponent.
“Suresh bhai is so humble. The first thing he did after the bout was to meet my parents and sister and congratulate them.”
The day's other bout of note was the flyweight (52 kg) final in which Madan Lal of Haryana defeated Sanjay Singh of the Railways Sports Promotion Board. The judges declared Madan the winner by a 4-1 margin on judges' points.
In the first round, Madan was ahead by a point but Sanjay closed in and the two were tied 4-4.
In the final round, both scored a point each but the judges declared Madan the winner.
In the lightweight (60 kg) category final, Haryana's Vikas Krishan got the better of Vikas Malik of IBF-A 3-1. Krishan was also declared the best boxer of the competition.
First Published: Jul 17, 2010 01:14 IST