Riyadh: In this era, we most hope that Saudi women will be the face of boxing.
Sport has become better known in the kingdom and more women are taking a leap of faith in pursuing their fighting passion. Saudi amateur boxer Salmafahad, just 19 years old, is ready to show the world the potential of Saudi women in boxing.
An amateur boxer is part of the TKO Fighters team, spending most of the day at the TKO Gym in Alwadi, Riyadh, preparing for a showdown with a professional fighter at the end of this month.
“The next match will be an exhibition on July 28th and 29th,” Fahad said. “I’m really excited about this. We’ve been working hard and it’s going to be a great event. It’s at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Riyadh.”
Fahad has been boxing for eight months. She joined the TKO Fighters at the age of 18, and she has been eager to become a boxer since childhood.
“I was watching boxing on TV, especially women’s boxing, and it was very inspiring,” she said.
After the first fight, I was beaten, but I was boxing for a week, but I took part in the fight. It was spectacular and brought this excitement to me.
Saudi fighters have participated in two official competitions. Her first tournament took place in Riyadh last year and her second match took place in Kuwait last March. She also held exhibitions throughout the year and sparred regularly.
“By understanding how amateurs are fighting and gaining that experience, I realized how much I like the sport and how much I want to commit,” she said. “I was beaten after the first fight, but I fought for a week in boxing. It was spectacular and brought this excitement to me.”
Fahad’s passion motivates her to train six days a week while trying to stay healthy to lose weight.
“You always have to wrap your hands to protect them, and that’s the most important thing, so you won’t get hurt,” says Fahad.
“Usually we start with skipping rope and warm up to help with foot movements and use speed bags to help coordinate hands and eyes. We do some drills with each other and move heavy bags, heavy We work on bag training, jabs, crosses and hooks — we combine them, and we also work on each other’s head movements. “
Fahad’s favorite boxing move is the jab. “It keeps others away and opens up with all the other counters,” she said.
Despite the stereotypes about the “masculinity” of sports, Fahad continues to encourage ambitious fighters.
“Being there and showing that you never stop will break stereotypes,” she said. “Society can’t please people who are boxing, especially women, but you know, I’ve noticed that people who want inspiration will look at it positively.”
“Good luck; you have nothing to lose — boxing has helped me find myself in many ways, and it doesn’t hurt to start. Once you’re consistent for the first time, wherever you want to reach You can reach it, “she said.
Fahad found her team and coach from an Instagram post. She said she was surrounded by a support system from her family, her friends, teammates and coaches.
“My family was thankfully very supportive and was with me at every stage,” she said. “My coach and my team really helped me grow as a person. I want to be confident and comfortable not only in boxing but also in myself and in sports, both inside and outside boxing. They are like my second family. “
Saudi Arabia-based American boxing trainer Lee Starks has formed the TKO Fighters team. It is the first women’s boxing team in the kingdom in 2021. He started with four ambitious young female boxers and led them to the historic debut championship in Riyadh.
“These young ladies and gentlemen came to me and they were big fans of boxing, and they trained really hard, so after a while we liked, so you know what Would you like to create a travel team, “Starks said. “We only had tournaments a couple of times a year, so we created a travel team to travel and participate outside Saudi Arabia.”
Boxing continues to grow as a Saudi women’s sport and has positive prospects for the future. Starks believes the sport “will really grow for Saudi women in the next few years.”
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