Ashish Kumar is an Indian boxer who competes in the middleweight boxing category.He grew up in a middle-class family in Dhahotu, Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh. Ashish Kumar in childhood.Hailing from a family of sportspersons, Ashish was inclined towards sports from a young age.He was inspired by his brothers and cousin to take up boxing as a career. Talking about it in an interview, Kumar said, I had a brother in boxing and one in wrestling. Looking at them, I was inspired as a kid and my family supported me. My father was already a national kabaddi player at the time. The moment I took the plunge, he advised me on what was required to succeed at the highest level and prepared me accordingly. He also added, Wrestling and boxing were my options at that point. I tried my hand at wrestling but soon lost interest. My interest veered towards boxing..At the age of 14, Ashish joined the Sundarnagar Boxing Academy in Himachal Pradesh to receive his initial training in boxing.When he was 16 years old, he moved to Bhiwani to focus on his boxing career.In 2009, he began his boxing career by participating in a junior state competition. He won a gold medal in it.He then bagged a bronze medal in the School Nationals.Ashish participated in Youth Nationals and Senior Nationals in 2012.He bagged a gold medal in the 35th National Games held in Kerala (2015).