Hyderabad: Mohammad Hussamuddin, who won a bronze medal in 56kg bantam weight category in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, has set his eyes on gold medal in the same category in the forthcoming Asian Games, to be held in Jakarta Palembang, Indonesia, from August 18.
“It is a wonderful feeling as it will be my first Asian Games. After winning a bronze in my maiden Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, I want to improve my performance in Asian Games. My focus is on speed, footwork and movements. I’m working hard and I’m targeting gold in the Asian Games,’’ said the Nizamabad-born pugilist.
According to the Army boxer, the pugilists in Asian Games have good footwork and speed. “So we have to be nimble in our work and accordingly we have made our preparations. The competition was strong in Commonwealth but there are also good boxers from Asia. There is a marked improved show by the Asian countries.’’
The 23-year-old pugilist did agree that the CWG performance was a huge boost to his career. “That bronze medal winning performance has given me the confidence to do well. It gave me a big breakthrough as far as my international career is concerned. I could make a mark as a boxer for my country. It has motivated me to a new high. It has now given me confidence to win a medal in the Asian Games.’’
Hussamuddin expected tough challenge from the Uzbek and Korean pugilists. “They would come hard at us. The Uzbekistan boxers are a force to reckon with. They are number one in Asia.’’
The 56 kg weight category boxer said he was always confident that he would qualify for the Asian Games. “I was in a good rhythm and in good form in the trials. I continued with that form in Chemistry Cup boxing tournament in Halle, Germany where I could win my first ever international gold. I think the win against against hosts’ Shadalov Hamsat in the semifinals was one of the best wins of my career. It was important for me to win the gold in Germany.’’
Hussamuddin said his coaches SR Singh and Santiago have been a huge inspiration for him. “They are very pro-active coaches. They are very positive. It is always wonderful to work with these set of coaches.’’
The pugilist said that it has been enjoyable and memorable journey since last one year. “I have made a good progress in international circuit. It gave me confidence that I can win medals for the country in big events like Commonwealth or Asian Games. It is just a start. Obviously, the 2020 Olympics Games is my biggest dream. It is the dream of my father to win a medal in Olympics. I’m aware that it needs a lot of hard work but I think I’m on course.’’
He feels that 2016 National championship was the turning point for his career as he won his first National title. “I was able to draw the attention of the coaches and the selectors through that performance.’’
Hussamuddin said that his father and family played a big role in shaping his career. “Coming from a small town like Nizamabad, I have worked my way to the top. I think my father and brothers played a big role in shaping my career. The family has literally been the backbone for my growth in boxing. I’m fortunate that we are a family of boxers and that helped me in a big way.’’
He points out that his father Samsamsuddin was his first and important coach. “He always used to tell me, box to win, never lose. He would say confidence is the key to your success’’.