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Wei Xuan, the trainer with the choir boy look.

Recently I had my first boxing match in Pride of Singapore 1 by Champs Boxing Series. I am happy that I’m able to put on a good fight and getting the win. Being involved in the fight sport all started way back in 2014 when I was just merely a fight fan following both boxing and mixed martial arts fights. I’ve always hope to experience what fighters must go through to get their hands raised at the end of the fight.

I joined canoeing as my interest group in Polytechnic, as it was something that interest me as it was a sport that is not highly available. However, I quickly realised that I was not really interested in canoeing as I always find myself watching the fight sports online but not the sport I am currently in. I’ve talked to some of my friends about it and they suggested that I should do something I enjoy when I still can, I may not have the chance in the future when I’m older. I decided to quit canoe and decide to treat boxing as a serious hobby. I then joined Legends Fight Sport.

After training for 8-9 months, Champs Boxing Series came up with Pride of Singapore 1 for amateur boxers of all levels to test themselves in the ring. Without hesitation I signed up to participate for the event as the opportunity to experience being in the ring is finally presented to me.

The preparation of Pride of Singapore 1 was a roller coaster ride. There plenty of good days of training and bad days as well. There was a period where I was constantly falling ill which caused a disruption in my training. That does cause a negative effect on how I feel mentally but I quickly overcome it as I know there is nothing I could do about it, instead I should focus on making my best out of the time to prepare for the event.

Weight cutting… oh my goodness, that is probably the hardest fight for me! Though I only have to lose 4 kg to get to flyweight category, I would have to limit my food intake by a lot as I love food and usually eat when I’m bored. Fight week was probably the toughest as I go to bed hungry and end up staying up late at midnights. While I’m awake, I tend to watch cooking shows on the internet; fried chicken was the first thing I wish to gobble down after the event!

I’m happy that the members and I have gotten closer through the preparation of Pride of Singapore 1. We are interacting with each other more, organising trainings together and constantly motivating one another to push ourselves during training. These brought up a strong sense of camaraderie among each other, getting us in a more prepared state especially during long grueling training sessions.

Come match day, I felt generally calm and relax however anxiety starts to kick in closer to my bout which resulted in me making multiple trips to the gents. Thank goodness it stopped in time. Before I even know it, I was already making my walk to the ring…

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Everything just seems to happen automatically from then on wards. When the first bell rang, it felt as if I was watching myself fighting. Being in there was something surreal for me and it’s hard for me to explain what that feeling was at that time. But I enjoy my time being the ring very much though I’ve just went through 3 exhausting rounds and had moments where I must push myself to keep punching to finish the fight strong. I felt everything was moving in slow motion!

After the fight, I just felt proud of myself and thankful to have a great experience in the ring as I know I have given my best for the people who turned up for the event. Thank you for coming guys!

When it was announced I got the win, I was on cloud nine and felt relieved. Though my face did not show any excitement, I was trying hard to contain myself to avoid looking like a child getting presents during Christmas because there were cameras and I do need to stay cool. It was nice of my opponent to congratulate me for my win after we were just punching each other and we ended up following each other on our social media. This shows that despite being opponents in the ring, after the fight we still respect each other. Pride of Singapore 1 has act as a catalyst in developing a close-knit community among the boxers in Singapore!

I am currently doing my polytechnic internship in Legends Fight Sports as an assistant coach. I find joy in sharing the knowledge and experience I’ve gained in the sport. Besides, I am also passionate about people who are keen to learn. With the experience I’ve gained from Pride of Singapore 1, and guidance from the other coaches and fight team boxers at Legends, I feel that I will continue to learn and give back to everyone in the gym.

My journey continues and hope I get to interact with all of you soon! Hands up! See you at Legends.

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Pesta Pulau Pinang 2016 – GOLD!

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.
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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.
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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.

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First post from Cebu!

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Hi everyone back home! So it’s been a while since I’ve been here in Cebu, training at ALA gym daily together with world champions, had two trial fights (won both by KO! Yay!) and I am learning and adapting the best way I can. As much as I love it here, I miss being home but I know that it’s all about sacrifice and I want to come home bringing great results.

Professional fighting is a different kind of challenge and I am blessed to have this experience. Not only to experience professional boxing at the elite level but to also live like a pro fighter. It is way different than what I had imagined. There is nothing glamorous to it at all. Just like you, the guys here also wondered if I would be able to last this 2 months ‘training camp’ and I’m starting to prove that I can survive and perform. I now understand that the challenges, shortcomings and experiences (both the good and the bad) I’ve had in my amateur boxing career have helped me prepare for this moment.

In terms of training here, we train hard, twice a day. We do conditioning in the morning and a lot of boxing skills work in the afternoon. Sparring here is like a fight itself and one will never run out of sparring partners. With ALA being a well known gym in Asia, they tend to have quality boxers coming over to train. I’m looking forward to meet Donaire in February as he prepares for his fight in Manila in April! Hopefully I get the chance to spar him too.

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From the Legends corner…

Alright! There will be a whole lot of you that will be stepping into the ring for Legends Fight Night 2 on 29th August. Some of you are first timers, and some are quite experienced. It will always be nerve wrecking somehow. The date is getting closer and you might be looking for tips and trying to absorb whatever advice you can get. With that, here are some of the tips and advice coming from us at Legends that may or may not help you….enjoy!

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Khairizal, Legends Gym Manager
Hey boxers, such an honor to be managing this event.Please don’t eat too much fast food! It will just slow you down. Trust me I know! Have ample rest to allow your body to recover. Don’t care who your opponent may be, just train really hard!

Remember every second of this fight journey of yours. BECAUSE IT BELONGS TO YOU…for the rest of your life! Stay Legendary!

Jaron Tan, Assistant Trainer
Hello lion-hearted individuals wrapped in puffy, padded mitts! It’s a big step stepping into the ring, but watch your steps (the steps up to the ring can be quite steep). You’re not Rocky, nor are you a rock, so don’t take too much. Most importantly have fun, enjoy yourselves and FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!

Coach Ali-Bomaye, Boxing Coach
Dear participants, just remember…train hard, fight easy. The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. Everything comes with hard work and dedication.  Enter the ring with an open mind. Keep your focus strong. Don’t rush. Focus on executing your basics well. Remember to stretch. All the best and enjoy!

Hafiz, Boxing Trainer & Legends Fight Team member
Don’t play into your opponent’s game. Welcome them to yours! Always plan ahead! Your opponent touch you once, you hit back thrice. When in doubt, JAB! Make your punch louder than your voice…

Fairuz
You have clocked in the training hours and the hard work needed for this fight. Approach it with an easy mind, relax, stay composed and give your all. At the end of the day, regardless the result, you are still a winner. Remember to work on your fitness and fight conditioning!

Ridhwan
Hands up,
Keep them up,
Move your feet,
Don’t get hit…

And oh! Please also punch back. Try your best to win k? (fist bump)

“I’m not going to complain. I’m a boxer. I’m a fighter. I’ll take it on the chin if I have to and keep proving myself. A fighter always has to keep proving himself…the circumstances will always never be fair, the system will disappoint and fail me, there is no promise of success even after years of hard work, many things in my life are very uncertain…but one thing I’m sure of is that I’ll fight till the end, with all my heart”

28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 - EXPO Hall 1, Singapore - 8/6/15  Boxing - Men's  Bantam Weightt (56kg) - Semifinals - Thailand's Tanes Ongjunta (C) celebrates his win against Singapore's Muhamad Ridhwan Ahmad (R)  SEAGAMES28 TEAMSINGAPORE Mandatory Credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters
28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 – EXPO Hall 1, Singapore – 8/6/15
Boxing – Men’s Bantam Weightt (56kg) – Semifinals – Thailand’s Tanes Ongjunta (C) celebrates his win against Singapore’s Muhamad Ridhwan Ahmad (R)
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Mandatory Credit: Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee / Action Images via Reuters