New Delhi: Fit-again after what turned out to be an emotionally life-altering four-month break, Suranjoy Singh heads to Cuba on Tuesday for a training-cum-competition trip, spearheading the Indian boxing challenge in the absence of other stars such as Vijender Singh.
The 25-year-old, who won seven straight international gold medals between 2009 and 2010 before his streak ended with a bronze in the Asian Games, has had a tumultuous four months on the personal front.
Suranjoy lost his mother in December. His mother was battling cancer and was critical when he left for the Asian Games in November. So much so that Suranjoy thought of giving the event a miss to be by her side.
She coaxed him into going to China where he settled for a bronze medal after seven straight international gold medals.
He rushed back to Guwahati, where his mother was being treated, after coming back from China. Immensely close to his mother, her death shook the boxer, who is nicknamed `Chhota Tyson` by his peers, but he was back to training a few weeks later.
Having overcome the trauma, he takes off for one of the build-up events for next year`s Olympics with 11 others.
"The good thing is that I have recovered from all niggles. My body is feeling fine," said Suranjoy, who has competed almost non-stop from April 2009 to November 2010.
The soft-spoken flyweight (52kg) boxer has had a dream couple of years on the professional front.
As he prepares to replicate the success amid heightened expectations, Suranjoy said the aim is to stay fit and be consistent.
"I won a silver medal when I went to this event in Cuba last year. I hope to get gold this time. What will work to my advantage is the new scoring pattern which promotes aggressive boxing," said the boxer, who is known to be a tempo fighter.
Among others, it is a comeback for Thokchom Nanao Singh (49kg), who had been laid low by a hand injury which required surgery in May 2010.
The former Youth world champion came back on the national scene with a gold in the National Games in February.
"My hand feels alright. In fact, I have not had any problem after surgery. It is my third trip to Cuba and I hope to strike gold," said the 22-year-old, who is an Asian Championship silver-medalist.