Hard work and dedication paid off for two Hanover Park boxers who won gold medals at the recent Western Cape Junior Boxing Championship, held in Mossel Bay.
Nasrullah Nazier (17) won the welterweight division while Zion Barnes (13) won the lightweight division at the championship, which took place on Saturday 24 August.
Both of them intend to build names for themselves in the boxing fraternity and to also put the name of their area on the map. Their gold wins in the Western Cape Junior Boxing Championship are proof they are putting action into their intention.
Nazier says he’s delighted with his win – he participated in the same division last year, but the gold medal eluded him.
This year he trained even harder, with one goal in mind: to clinch the top spot. “All the hard work paid off this year,” he says.
He says he has his father and manager, Igshaan Nazier, to thank. He describes him as a role model and a champion.
“I just want to say thank you to everybody for supporting me. There is a lot of good in Hanover Park. It is not just gangsterism and crime,” he says.
Barnes, a Grade 7 learner at Voorspoed Primary School, is just as exhilarated with his gold medal.
According to him, the win was the result of hard work that included training every day.
“It was not easy. It was hard. I want to become a professional boxer and represent my country and make lots of money,” he says.
He wants to encourage his peers to follow their passion and not to give up on their dreams.
“There are a lot of other things to do than just drugs and gangsterism,” says Barnes.
The duo has no time to rest though.
They are currently in the final stages of their preparation for the national boxing championship, which will take place in Johannesburg later this month.
“We are emotionally ready. Our bodies are ready too.”