Sagar Narwat – The boxing sensation from Faridabad


Sagar Narwat – The boxing sensation from Faridabad

What started as a hobby, took shape of a strong-willed dream for Sagar Narwat

Sagar Narwat – The boxing sensation from Faridabad

Hailing from the small village of Kheri Kalan, a small village three kilometer away from Faridabad in Haryana, Sagar Narwat has begun his journey to becoming a world champion in pro boxing. He has recently slammed the prestigious Asia Continental title held by World Boxing Council.

“It was the biggest fight of my life,” said Sagar. Sagar defeated Rahul Kumar at the event held at Crowne Plaza, Greater Noida. He played under the welterweight category.

Credits: Vikas Panthri

In 15 fights, he has won 13 and one resulted in a draw. Sagar was a member of the team OPM Punjab Sultan in Super Boxing Season 1 which aired on Sony ESPN. He won the title of Iron Man of India in 2017. The Governor of Haryana “Shri Jagan Nath Pahadiya G” rewarded him with The Outstanding Sports Person.

What started as a hobby, took shape of a strong-willed dream for Sagar. He started his kickboxing journey in 2010 and 2011 at the Dronacharya Boxing Club, where coach Rajiv Godara & Jai Bhagwan recognised his boxing talent and encouraged him to take up professional boxing.

Indian parents can always be reluctant when it comes to supporting their children in a career in sports. However, against popular stereotypes, Sagar always received the support of his parents and elders. As a young kid, Sagar always had the support of his family and elders in his endeavours. “We were never dissuaded from choosing unconventional career options. They said whatever you do, do it with a sincere effort,” said Narwat.

Credits: Vikas Panthri

To help expand his dream of boxing, Sagar has founded his own fitness and boxing club in his village to train young aspirants in 2019. At his club, Sagar and his friends provide training where money is no limitation.

As told by him, “In my village, there is no proper conveyance so going to other towns to learn is a problem. People may not have many facilities, but the talent is immense here.” Sagar added that at his center, money is not a prerequisite for learning. He believes that with or without funds, there should be no dearth of learning.

Arif Khan, owner of The Punch Boxing, a professional boxing series in India said, “Sagar is very hardworking and disciplined. He has progressed in every fight and finally, he is here.” Arif added that the real competition begins now. As Sagar now holds an Asian title, he would get challenges from around the world and the competition will get more fierce.

For Sagar, success is only a part of achieving his destination of becoming a world boxing champion in pro boxing. “India needs a world champion in pro boxing. For whatever reason, people give up boxing at some point in India. I will not stop until I become a world champion,” resolved Narwat.