Boxer Vishwanath fulfils father’s dream with world youth title

When Vishwanath Suresh outpunched Ronel Suyom of The Philippines on the Youth World Championships within the 48kg ultimate final week, he not solely gained the title but additionally fulfilled his father’s dream to turn into a world champion.

Suresh was a promising boxer himself and gained just a few state-level championships, however did not have the means to pursue his ardour additional. The budding profession thus minimize quick, Suresh took up tailoring to sew collectively his life.

“It was my father’s dream to become a world champion, but he could never pursue it. When I started boxing, his dream became my dream, and I am happy I have fulfilled it for him,” Vishwanath, 18, mentioned from La Nucia, Spain after the victory.

Hailing from Chennai, Vishwanath was launched to boxing aged 12 by Suresh. With discovering an excellent coach at all times a problem in Chennai and paying for one past Suresh’s meagre means, his father grew to become Vishwanath’s first coach.

“My dad taught me everything he knew. He got me into the sport and made me fall in love with it. I liked cricket to begin with, but boxing soon took over. There are no boxing academies of note in Chennai and getting proper guidance at that age was crucial,” Vishwanath mentioned.

After just a few failed trials in Bengaluru, Vishwanath’s ambition received a lift in direction of the top of 2018 when he was chosen by the Military Sports activities Institute (ASI), Pune in an open trial.

“That was the turning point. I got quality coaching and guidance and made it to the Services team. The coaches there have given me a lot of belief.”

Then, there’s a sure Floyd Mayweather Jr to look as much as. Vishwanath often watches YouTube movies of the US boxing nice’s bouts for inspiration. “I am a big Mayweather fan. To remain unbeaten across 50 bouts is a testament to his adaptability and skills,” he mentioned.

Earlier this yr, Vishwanath gained the Asian Youth Championships in Amman and success on the world occasion establishes his calibre within the youth class.

“He’s now the Asian in addition to world champion, which suggests he has actual high quality,” mentioned coach Vijay Kumar Sharma, who travelled with the group.

“His biggest strength is his intelligence and ring awareness. He is quick to judge the strengths and weaknesses of opponents and is able to alter his game plan on the go. It’s a rare quality for a boy of his age,” Sharma said.

Vishwanath showed ring craft in his very first bout, against Ireland’s Joyce Patsy. “He was taller and stronger, but he altered tactics by moving in and out. That was quite impressive. His next opponent was of his height, so he attacked him differently. He knows when to use combination punches and when to defend,” Sharma said.

This is Vishwanath’s last year in the youth category. The step-up to the seniors means he will have to compete with technically and physically superior opponents.

The coach believes Vishwanathan will have to work to build the power to challenge seniors. The boxer is banking on something more abstract. “I have the fire,” he mentioned. “That is all you need to succeed in life.”

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