In the last week or two we've seen a lot of Indian attention due to the huge, and somewhat surprising, success of Amit Panghal who claimed a gold medal at the 2018 Asian games. Despite the huge popularity of Panghal he's far from being the first standout Indian boxer. In fact the first was quite probably Dingko Singh.
In 1998 Singh became the face of Indian boxing as he claimed a gold medal at the Asian Games in Bangkok, in the Batntamweight division. That success threw Singh into the limelight though he refused to turn professional due to his out of the ring career, which saw him serving in the Indian Navy.
As well as his actual success in the ring he would later go on to train fighters.
In recent years Singh has been in the news again, having been awarded the Padma Shri, a highly regarded civilian award, by Government of India in 2013, for his exploits in sport. He was also in the news last year when he was raising funds for medical treatment to beat cancer, a battle that has been a success for the former boxer thanks to the help of Cricket star Gautam Gambhir.
It's now been revealed that Singh will be immortalised in film, with a film being made about his life, with Singh himself being portrayed by Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor. With Kapoor being a key figure in the production of the movie and someone who seems to fully understand the role he's stepping into with a real respect of Singh, and his life.
The film is expected to be released next April and is sure to again raise the Indian interest in boxing, something the likes of Panghal and Vijender Singh will also be looking to do as Indian slowly takes strides towards becoming a notable boxing nation.
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