Hey guys, thank you for the wishes and especially to those who played a part in helping me clinch the gold medal in the Pesta Pulau Penang Boxing Championships 2016. Just a small token from me, I would like to share my experience in preparing for the tournament, me being there for the first time and how I beat the odds.
Believing is the first step to winning
Few weeks before the Pesta Penang Boxing Championship kicks off, I remember telling Head Coach Ridhwan I was confident of winning a medal there. And the night before my first fight in Penang, I could tell that the team manager, Rizal was worried about me not getting a win especially with how boxing politics can be. These were the exact words I said to him, “Don’t worry. I am going to win tomorrow night” and we did. Just my two cents worth, I believe anybody can just show up at the gym and train hard, but if you do not have faith in what you have been doing, everything else will go wrong no matter how good you are in sparring. Whenever I took the train to the gym, out during my morning run, or even while taking a shower, there is nothing else I could think of other than I am going to win the matches.
Doubt is only removed by action. Have faith. Believe.
Do what it takes to win
Sharpening your boxing skills in the gym alone is not going to be enough. I always try to find ways to better myself in other areas such as Strength & Conditioning as well as fitness. I believe these are the things that people tend to overlook. No matter how strong you are, how fast you are, how fit you can be, someone is going to better than you in some of these areas. T overcome this is to work on those areas specifically. I visited Habit gym
and the guys there definitely did a wonderful job in conditioning my body for the one week tournament. On top of that, I end my morning run with sprints to push myself to help me cope with the intensity. If you train hard, the fight would be easy and you will actually enjoy your time in the ring.
It’s better to be good at one thing than trying to be good at a thousand and one
Eight weeks is the perfect time frame to prepare for a tournament. Not too long nor short. I try to not do so many things at once which can mess my momentum at the end of the day. The focus was to snap the jabs, move my legs and the counter to my step back was a straight hook. I practiced it too many times with my head coach Ridhwan during training, and it paid off in sparring. The hard part was to keep on repeating the same punch, to make it perfect, to make it second nature without getting bored.
As Bruce Lee once said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times”
True enough comes fight night, I did gave my opponent from Batam the same stepback straight hook counter which lead to a standing eight count.
Actions speak louder than words
Social media can be a distracting tool if you do not know when and how to effectively use it. I try to keep myself away from telling people over the internet on how much I have trained today or if it is my second or third session for the day. I prefer to let my actions back my performance over the week. Holding back from posting what I have been doing in training somehow gives me the itch to prove to myself and others come fight day.