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Boxing: Southpaw Alfiya Pathan punching the concrete ceiling of 81kg

Boxing: Southpaw Alfiya Pathan punching the concrete ceiling of 81kg

For almost three years, Alfiya Pathan would walk past the halls of Nagpur district’s Divisional Sports Complex of Mankapur after her badminton practice. Her brother Shakib Pathan, a state-level boxer, had been training with NIS coach Ganesh Purohit and Alfiya would wait for his training to be over before both left for their home. On one of the days when she was sitting in the hall waiting for her brother, Purohit turned towards her and jokingly asked, “Boxing khelti kya tu?” (Do you know how to box?)

Alfiya replied, “Bole toh boxing mein kya karna hai? Maarna hai aur maar khana hai.” (What is there in boxing? You either have to hit or get hit.) Laughing, Purohit asked her if she would join his classes from the next day.

Indian women’s boxing made a major breakthrough at the 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships held in Kielce, Poland from April 13-23 when Alfiya won the 81+ kg title, hitherto a weight class never breached by Indians.

For the women’s team, the seven gold medals’ haul bettered their previous winnings of five gold when the tournament was held in Guwahati in 2017. Despite the threat of Covid, the Poland meet saw 414 boxers compete from 52 countries.

Back when she started, while Alfiya joined boxing urged by coach Purohit, her family wasn’t so sure about the move. Purohit had to talk to Alfiya’s father and said, “Don’t let her compete in boxing but at least let her come here and train. Seekhne mein kya takleef hai?” (What’s the harm in learning?)

The NIS coach immediately noticed a couple of things in training. One, Alfiya was left-handed and boxed southpaw – instantly guaranteeing her first-child treatment. Two, she was a willing listener and was good at constant repetition, something that helped when learning the basics of boxing.

NEWS SOURCE:INDIANEXPRESS

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