Haransh Singh, a Year 12 student of Pakuranga College, started training for boxing only a year ago and has become the only and first Sikh boxer to be signed up by Auckland Boxing Association.
Training at Revill’s Boxing Gym for a year now, he was signed up by the gym as well, and he represented it at the tournament last weekend.
With his maiden tournament participation and win, Haransh is being looked as one of the most promising young boxing talents for the association.
“I have maintained a steady diet, trained hard all year long and it paid back with my first win last weekend,” Haransh told The Indian Weekender.
Haransh adds that he was extremely nervous before his fight under ‘Light Weight’ category and made a lot of mistakes in the first round of the match.
“In the first round of the match, I was throwing punches left and right, well, nothing came out from what I had been training for long. I somehow cruised through the first round and calmed myself down.
“I composed myself, pulled myself back, played more sensibly and got back into rhythm in the second round and won the third round through ‘technical knockout’.
“I have been trained by the best boxers at Revill’s Boxing Gym where l have that learnt losing is not an option,” Haransh added.
Haransh moved to New Zealand with his family from India two years ago and has been a promising athlete for years with pro-level skills in track sprints.
Haransh said since he is a Sikh by religion, there was a slight apprehension by ABA about his beard, but he explained the religious significance of it, he was given an exception and allowed to pursue boxing sporting his beard.
Seeing Boxing legend Mohammad Ali as his idol, Haransh aims to play for the national boxing championship in January 2021 and progress to participate in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games in the future.
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