Being a boxer in Singapore is a long and lonely journey.
National boxer Mohd Hanurdeen who picked up a bronze medal at the 2019 Manila Southeast Asian Games has said that it is a long and lonely journey in Singapore for a boxer.
In a Facebook post, the 26-year-old, who was Singapore’s only boxing representative at the 2019 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, said, “To my fellow aspiring boxers in Singapore; this is the harsh reality of the sport.
“Ultimately, it all comes down to how bad you want it.
“Additionally, it becomes apparent that along the way, although some people won’t support you, they will nevertheless still expect to be a part of your success.”
He also revealed that “almost every expense for my training has had to be independently obtained” and that he “even participated in overseas competitions by myself without any local coaches or team mates joining me and relied on other teams’ coaches to assist me in the corner.”
He also thanked Summit Powers International for supporting him, and allowing him to train full-time in leading up to the Manila SEA Games.
“Ever since I finished my national service, I have dedicated myself solely to training full time and without Summit Power’s sponsorship none of this would have been possible,” he said.
His final retort was a reminder to what it would take for a boxer to make it.
“Ultimately, it all comes down to how bad you want it. Additionally, it becomes apparent that along the way, although some people won’t support you, they will nevertheless still expect to be a part of your success,” he added.
Hanurdeen also picked up a silver at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, and a bronze at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Photos: Mohd Hanurdeen Facebook