Boxer qualifies for 2017 World Championships in Germany
26/06/2017 – Fight for Peace boxer Wanderson de Oliveira, known as Sugar, has qualified for the 2017 World Boxing Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Representing Brazil, Sugar, now 20, was born and raised in Nova Holanda, Maré and began his boxing career at the Rio Academy many years ago. A precocious talent, his career ascension has been as quick as expected, and this is just the latest in a string of successes this year which have seen him gain selection for the Brazilian national side and move to São Paulo to train as part of the team.
Having narrowly missed out on automatic selection for the World Championships after losing to the young Cuban fighter who currently holds the Olympic silver medal, Sugar was granted another chance to qualify for the World Championships. He did not waste it, beating his opponent via a knockout in the second round of their bout in Honduras and thus qualifying for the AIBA World Championships 2017 in Germany in September.
Sugar now faces two months of intense training, the most important of his career to date, in preparation for the Championships in September. In total, 16 Brazilian fighters from the 19+ age range will travel to Hamburg, and Sugar is one of a pair of young boxers who will fight in the 70kg weight category. Sugar is currently taking four days of holiday to return to Rio de Janeiro and spend time with family and friends.
Sugar, as always, is calm, collected and utterly focused on what he needs to do: “Right now it’s all about training harder and fixing up my errors so that I can be stronger and do my best at the World Champs”.