First I thought it was normal pain because of training but it reached a point when I was popping four to five painkillers and yet there was no relief. I was not able to sleep at night. Hath uthne band ho gaye (It reached a point when I was not able to raise my hand),” says Nishant, 22.
The diagnosis revealed that it was an old wound that had resurfaced. When he was just nine years old, Nishant had met with an accident. He fell from his terrace in Karnal and was badly hurt. A rod was inserted to help mend his broken bones. He recovered from that incident and took up boxing under coach Surender Chauhan and inspired by his uncle who was a professional boxer, but the injury kept flaring up over the years as the rod would cause some infection from time to time.
After the accident, the treatment was not done properly. Gradually It led to infection and the formation of pus. Doctors told me that I would immediately need surgery,” says Nishant.
“It was a very tough period. I went through several tests before the correct diagnoses happened and the surgery was done in March. I went through my rehabilitation at the Inspire Institute of Sport. I used to spend three hours with physio every day and almost put on 10kg. I was having doubts about whether I would be able to fight again in the ring. Even if I come back, will I have enough power in my punches? But my family, and coaches stood like a rock behind me and gave me the courage and confidence to return,” said Nishant who trains at IIS, Bellary, and represents Karnataka.