Motivation, strength and belief at the Fight for Peace Boxing Show

26/02/2019 – “Keep motivated, stay strong and believe what you want to do, because once you believe and you persevere, you can get anything done”, this was the advice of one of our young boxers ahead of the first Fight for Peace Boxing Show of 2019. A total of nine young people represented Fight for Peace at the show, a group which included four members of the London Academy junior boxing team.

For the Fight for Peace competitors, among them three athletes making their debuts in the ring, the show provided an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and pit themselves against peers from boxing clubs across London. The home team recorded an impressive total of six victories on the day, with all of the young people who entered the ring showing the enormous dedication, discipline and focus required to prepare for competition.

Fight for Peace was delighted to welcome two special guests to the event in the form of European Silver Medal winning boxer Cheavon Clarke and American professional boxer Anthony Sims Jr., while among those in action in the ring was 2018 England Boxing Development Champion, Dylan Oke and 2018 Junior London Boxing Development Champion Eniola Akingbesote.

Dylan and Eniola, along with fellow Fight for Peace boxers Kabrinda Gurung, Mohammed Muhidin, Sabir Hussein and Safeer Khan, all recorded victories and, while Josiah Antwi, Osvaldo Lucas and Isa Rahman didn’t get the result they were looking for, the lessons learned in defeat remain an important part of competition.

Anthony Sims Jr., who was celebrating his birthday on the day of the show, underlined this point. “The highlight of my birthday was sitting and talking to Osvaldo after losing his first fight and sharing a similar story of when I lost my first match”, said the American boxer who is preparing for a title bout on 2 March. “I was blessed enough to make it, so it is only right that I give him the tools to do the same.” Sims Jr. added some inspiring words for those working hard to succeed; “Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent – whatever you practice is what you’ll do. When you love something stay consistent even when it doesn’t love you back.”

Fight for Peace Boxing Coach Ruth Raper was very encouraged by the performances of her team members, particularly those representing the junior team: “We are really happy that so many junior boxers were in action today because our junior session only recently started up and we want to attract more and more younger members”, explained Ruth. “Whether they won or lost, all of those young boxers who were in action showed the values that we live by at Fight for Peace, both in preparing for competition and in their performances. We are very proud of the progress of the whole team and in boxing, as in life, there is always another challenge just around the corner so we will get back to the hard work and look ahead to even more success.”