If an appealing yet simple looks of 20 year old Vinisha Joshi from Udaipur draws your attention then you might mistake her with any typical small town girl. Her individuality and charisma is hidden in sparkling of her eyes, she can knock out her competitor with hard hitting punches and tactful defense.
Vinisha Joshi had represented M.L.S.U in the recent All India Inter University Women Boxing and won the Gold medal, surprisingly she was the only boxer out of 14 others from M.L.S. U to win a medal for Udaipur.
Today, Vinisha is an icon for many wannabe women boxers of Udaipur. Few days back, I had a detailed conversation with Vinisha regarding her recent win, her boxing career and many other aspects of her personal and professional life.
Here are the excerpts from an Interview with Vinisha Joshi
Tell us about yourself, your education and family background etc.
I am doing my Bachelors in commerce from Pacific College, did my schooling from Rajasthan Mahila Vidyalaya (RMV). We are 4 siblings; I am the eldest of my two brothers and one sister. My father Vishnu Joshi is a martial art and boxing trainer, my mother Suman Joshi is a house wife. We are a simple middle class family.
Vinisha, as your father is your boxing coach, would you mind telling us about his boxing career?
My father was a dynamic athlete, he had won 1 gold, 2 silver and 9 bronze medals in many National level boxing competitions, I never counted his state and district level medals, there are many. At present my father is a boxing coach at our Gurukul Academy.
What inspired you to become a boxer?
Passion for Boxing is gifted to me from my paternal side; both my father and uncle were renowned boxers in their times. I love this game because I brought up in this environment where I always encouraged becoming a boxer. Every small and big corner of my home is decorated with medals and trophies my father had won. It’s enough to inspire me.
What was your age when you first took the boxing gloves in your hands?
As I said that my childhood was passed listening them talking about boxing, watching and feeling it. However, I first time took boxing gloves when I was 3 year old.
Tell us something about your first “official” bout
Though I played many local level bouts but in the year 2006 at Hemraj Vyayamshala I fought with a competitor 3-4 years older to me and luckily I won the gold and qualified for next game which was held at Patiala where I managed to secure bronze. That was my first “serious” boxing or you can say the start of my boxing career in real terms.
What’s your every day schedule, work-outs and diet?
Normally I don’t follow a very disciplinary schedule. I wake up at around 7AM and my practice starts from 9 to 12PM then a long break for food and rest, training session re-starts at 4:30PM and ends at 7PM. My diet consist of a glass of milk and parathas in breakfast followed by 4 egg whites, then at lunch I have parathas and green vegetables, some bitings in evening and at night I usually have dal-rice-chapatis. I follow this schedule only when I have fights coming up in a month or two, otherwise I have a very simple schedule.
You grabbed the only gold for MLSU in this year’s Inter University Women’s Boxing, how it happened?
I’ll always remember this year’s Inter University Boxing Championship; I practiced hard for 3 months. You would be surprised to know that whole past 3 months, I fought with men weighed more than mine because unfortunately there is no female boxer in Udaipur but fortunately it also helped me a lot to get a hardcore training which later helped me in 3 day long competition.
Vinisha, who is your idol female boxer in the world?
Laila Ali is my idol, I adore her because of her knock out bouts, also because like her, my father too is a boxer.
There are secrets of successful boxers, what’s yours?
I believe in technical fights, keep your mind cool, eyes sharp and punch hard. Use 90% brain and 10% of muscles and bout will be yours. Boxing is all about patience and confidence.
Anything other than boxing you did?
I started with learning Karate, I won gold 11 times in National level, then I switched to Kick Boxing where I won 3 times gold medals in national level and 5 times gold medals in International level. I also played Wushu where I took 2 times bronze in national level.
How is the future of Women Boxers in India?
Women Professional boxing in India is in miserable condition. If we talk about Udaipur, the situation is even worst. We don’t have boxers and those who wish to become they don’t have proper facilities like training, diet, support etc. I will not leave boxing till my parents are supporting me but what about those who don’t have any support but have great potential?
How you keep yourself updated with different new techniques of boxing and latest updates?
We use internet to get latest videos of training and various boxing matches to learn different techniques. YouTube.com is best for that; otherwise everyone knows that Google is a God of internet.
What else you love other than boxing?
I love drawing, I also like to taste different food but I hate cooking, however my mom always complimented my cooking (I do rarely).
Thank You Vinisha for this great conversation.
Thank You for interviewing me, it was nice talking.