KARACHI: Karachi’s young female boxers were upbeat and motivated to prove their mettle in KE Girls’ Boxing Championship that took place on Saturday at National Coaching Center, Karachi.
There were 20 young girls from all districts of Karachi who exhibited their boxing skills. It was wonderful to see their enthusiasm, they boxed their hearts out to stand victorious in their respective bouts.
The young pugilists threw punches at their opponents with some fine footwork while listening to the instructions given by their coaches. However, there was a bit of rawness in their boxing as they are in their early stages of life and still learning the art of fighting.
The winners were jumping and hopping around with joy, whereas, the defeated ones were still positive. The most inspiring sight was the sportsman spirit among the young competitors.
It was a brilliant initiative by K- Electric (KE) to promote the sports and give these girls a platform to showcase their talent.
“We observe that there was no platform for them, despite of the abandoned talent in girls,” said Zehra Mehdi, the head of CSR at KE, while talking ARY Sports.
“You can see the kind of bouts they are having, these girls have the potential to represent Pakistan in the international arena if they are nurtured in the right manner,” she added.
On asking about establishing a boxing team for KE, Zehra told that they are currently looking to develop the young talent.
“At the moment, we are focused on youth development,” she told. “We are focusing on unearthing the hidden talented individuals, however, we are determined to support this sport in the long term as well.”
Zehra also shared the way forward to develop this sports in the country.
“The more corporate sectors will get involved in the promotion, the more platforms will be created for this sport and it will surely be fruitful.”
She quoted the example of cricket and Pakistan and Super League (PSL) .
“Take the example of PSL, there were never that many corporate sectors involved in the game,” she said. “As the number of platforms will grow, it will give greater opportunities for the talented athletes to emerge.”
There was much excitement in the air, but, the passion of this coach named Rafiuddin, was simply unmatched. He was screaming instructions and cheering his boxers from the ringside.
“I have been training budding female boxers for the past five years,” Rafiuddin told ARY Sports. “Women boxing only takes place in District Central and District East. I along with Mohammad Ashraf Ali, Mohammad Akram Khan and Umar Baig are looking after the activities in these districts.”
He thanked KE for their support and said, “We have finally got the platform of K-Electric, where the future Pakistan and international champions can unleash their abilities.”
Rafiuddin’s own daughter forced him to coach her and it is how it all started.
“I used to coach boys in a private school, but, my daughter expressed her wish to box and forced me to teach her the skills as well, at that point I decided to coach young girls as well and initiated female boxing coaching in 2011,” he shared his story.
On being questioned about his distinct style of coaching, he answered, “When my student goes in the ring, they take my emotions with them and I feel like I myself fighting in the ring, so I scream instructions from the ringside so that they can handle the situation better.”
Rafiuddin, who himself is a former national boxer of Pakistan, stated that he will not sit back until any of his students goes in Olympics and wins a gold medal for the country.
“It’s my aim that I will not relax until one of my students wins an Olympics gold medal for Pakistan and I am positive that it will happen one day.”
At last, Rafiuddin thanked ARY for the coverage, “We are extremely thankful to ARY, who gave us coverage in the event, such acts are morale boosting and it can take women boxing to the ultimate glory.”