Bengaluru, Feb 4: Brijesh Meena was India’s one of the most promising boxers. In 2009 he got the award of best boxer in Cuba in the junior international championship, playing alongside Olympian boxer Akhil Kumar, Jitendra Singh, Devendra Singh.
But despite having performed in the national level championships and in other junior championships, Meena was not getting the chance in the Indian squad.
On Friday, February 3, speaking from Agra where he currently lives, Brijesh said: “I was from Rajasthan and most of the boxers, who were often called in the national preparatory camp as well as in the national team, were from Haryana.
"Naturally, I became frustrated and even began to think about quitting the game. Amidst the situation, I got an offer to turn professional boxer and I joined in 2013.”
The 25-year old boxer who fights in the 76kg category is registered under the World Boxing Council (WBC) and he has been unbeaten in five bouts so far in last four years, starting with his debut fight in the Philippines.
Brijesh who will take part in his sixth professional bout against Tanzania’s Seid Mbwea on 11th February in Kolkata expressed his desire to fight against Vijender Singh.
Brijesh whose mother had relentlessly backed him after his father died in 2009, added: “Vijender and myself are in the same category.
"Vijender is registered under World Boxing Organization (WBO) and after having won consecutive eight bouts he is slightly ahead in ranking.
"But if I can win two more bouts and reach near his score or ranking then I will have right to challenge him.
"I am getting mentally prepared for that and my dream is to win against Vijender Singh to reach his stature in the Indian professional boxing.”
Interestingly, Brijesh mother wanted him to make an engineer. But the boxer was repeatedly instigated by his school teacher to continue with boxing.
Brijesh further said: “The most beautiful thing is that my school teacher, Hari Om Sabita still comes to meet me or comes to watch my training at the Agra Railway Boxing Academy that how I am progressing.
"Now also, if I make any mistake while training, he scolds me in a similar way he used to do 10 years ago.”