By Mark Elezaj
The sport of boxing is not like any other sport. First one must understand that boxing is not for the weak of heart. It takes courage to step inside the ring. It’s a combat sport where you have two people throwing punches at each other in the hopes of knocking their opponent out.
Former heavyweight champion Frank Bruno once said “Boxing is the toughest and loneliest sport in the world. You’ve got all the fans, lots of hangers-on jumping up and shouting different words. But when you actually go in the ring, it’s a very lonely and scary place. It’s just you and the other guy. ”
Boxing is not about the glamour life as some may believe, there is nothing glamorous about being a fighter. It involves a lot of hard work, dedication, sacrifice and determination. This is a sport where you are only as good as your last performance and nothing is guaranteed.
But, boxing is also a beautiful form of art. It puts ones fighting spirit on display for the world to see. Only a fighter truly understands the rewards he or she gains from stepping inside that ring. The blood, sweat, and tears is always mentioned but the feelings can never truly be described.
Ring Masters, The Road to the Garden, showcases some of New York’s best young, up and coming amateur boxers in different venues around New York City, and is USA Boxing Metro’s largest advancing tournament ever.
This past weekend, at the 2019 Ringmasters championship tournament, 16 year old Erblin Hoxha, from New York, started on his boxing journey by not only winning his first two amateur fights on back to back nights, but also winning his first Ringmasters 165 lb tournament.
We caught up with Hoxha after his championship weekend and had a chance to speak with him.
•When did you first start boxing?
I first started boxing about 2 and a half years ago
•What made you decide to become a boxer?
What made me decide to be a boxer was when my brother put me in for weight loss. I used to be over weight and I wanted to do something to get in shape.
•Who is your biggest inspiration ?
My brother was boxing and he has a lot of talent, so I wanted to box and become skilled like him. I look up to him so I strived to become a fighter.
•What does it mean for you to be a fighter?
What it means to be a fighter for me is just doing what I love. The sport of boxing is really a work of art, and I could spend all day just studying simple basics that come together for a complete fighter. So being a fighter for me is being able to learn to work and display what can be considered an art.
•Congratulations on your Ringmasters victories, What’s next?
And for what’s next, I’m not completely sure yet. I am going to talk it over with my coach Ness and see what is best for me.
After speaking with Hoxha, you can see the love he has not only for the sport of boxing, but for his family as well. You can see the dedication in this young mans heart and it was an honor speaking with him. I’m going to call him the baby faced assassin and I look forward to following this young mans journey. We here at The Fighting Voice wish you continued success.
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