Stories about boxing

What does the future hold for Inam Butt?

Pakistan has been fortunate enough to be home to a lot of talented and dedicated individuals. These countrymen have raised the national flag in various fields including sports irrespective of having little or no support from the government. Inam Butt, the wrestler, is also one of these men. He is continuously making the nation proud by winning medals at various international wrestling events. Despite that, the authorities, especially the Pakistan Wrestling Federation, is not giving him the facilities and financial support he deserves. Butt a product of Gujranwala’s local akharas (wrestling rings) came in the limelight when he won a gold medal during the 2010 ...

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Once a neighbourhood of gang wars, Lyari’s Girls Café is helping women reclaim the streets

Among poorly-designed, bullet-riddled houses, there stands an immensely eye-catching building right in the heart of Lyari. This three-story residential building painted in striking shades of blue, pink and green is not a sight that can go unnoticed. The street, once most widely known for its vacant houses and gang war tussles, now hosts a place that welcomes hundreds of young girls and women from every nook and cranny of the area. This place, inaugurated around three years ago, is known as the Lyari’s Girls Cafe (LGC) where girls and women gather daily to learn, teach and share ideas, both long-standing and innovative. ...

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If things don’t improve, our performance at Asian Games 2018 will serve as a preview for Olympics 2020

Thirty-five sports disciplines, around 250 athletes, and only four bronze medals, this is the dismal summary of Pakistani athletes‘ performance at the Asian Games in Jakarta. This is our worst ever performance in the tournament, lowest total medal count (same as the Asian Games in 2006) and the first time that Pakistan failed to win a gold or silver medal. The bronze medals came from four different categories: athletics, kabaddi, karate and squash, while the men’s field hockey team missed out on a medal only for the second time in the history of the Asian Games. Two of the four bronze ...

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Creed II: A film truly worth getting excited for

On paper, Creed probably shouldn’t have worked. Released in 2015, the film that served as an effective spin-off of the Rocky series, focusing on the life of Apollo Creed’s son Adonis, had very little factors distinguishing it from 2006’s lukewarm and ultimately disappointing Rocky Balboa. However, with Director Ryan Coogler at the helm, actor Michael B Jordan taking the role of Adonis, and Sylvester Stallone returning to the role he was born to play, everything managed to come together perfectly. And the film itself was a rare masterpiece that added to the legacy of the series while also bringing something eminently new to ...

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The world of sports can provide more drama than movies and these 7 events of 2017 are a testament to that

They say ‘truth is stranger than fiction’, and a sports fan, more than anyone else, is likely to attest to this particular expression. For them, strange is just one of the many adjectives that can be used to describe the wild and whacky world of sports. Even for a movie buff like myself, I would readily concede that sports at times has this ability to provide drama like no work of fiction can. And the following sporting moments from the preceding 12 months are a testament to this very fact. 1. New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl LI in historic ...

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Remembering the ones we lost too soon

It seems like the year 2016 just started a while back, but here we are, just a few days shy from welcoming 2017. A lot happened last year which took us by surprise and shocked us. But even amidst such unpredictability, we were not prepared to see some of the deaths that came our way. Some were lost to old age, some to disease and some to murder. But regardless, they were all taken too soon. Here are some of those names, in no particular order. Peter Vaughan Photo: IMDb Even though he had a career spanning 75 years, ...

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Mr Entrepreneur, just know, the future of Pakistan’s sports industry needs you

What’s happening to sports in Pakistan? We, a country of nearly 195 million people, are unable to produce even one athlete that can qualify for the Olympics. The nation’s performance in sports such as hockey, squash, boxing, and many others is declining and this fall in performances is detracting the public away from these sports. The entire nation meticulously follows cricket, and everyone wants to emulate our cricket stars. The media, particularly our electronic media, in Pakistan is completely biased towards cricket when promoting a sport. PTV was once a lone channel able to find time to air local sports. Having said that, the turn of the century came with a boom, and ...

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RIP Iron Mike Towell

It was a weekend worthy of a roller coaster ride for me – in sports that is. Liverpool came from behind to win in the dying minutes of the match at the Liberty Stadium. The high-fives, punches in the air and the roars were all evidence of my elevated levels of ecstasy. It is a different sense of euphoria altogether when your team wins a match it had trailed in the beginning. However, my joy was cut short soon after when I read about the death of a young Scottish boxer online. Mike Towell died Friday night after being critically ...

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When The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, came to my mohalla

Block 13 in Federal B Area is a settled neighbourhood, a place where the word neighbour still carries meaning. Part of the city’s district central, it became inhabited with people of my clan who first lived in Nizamabad and other places where Urdu speakers from India had formed their enclave. As the 70s started they moved from these places and built homes here creating a sort of “Little Amroha.”   I grew up there surrounded by folks at whose place you could drop in unannounced at lunch and be led straight to the table. Indeed, the general saying was that you ...

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A conversation with the Falcon and his coach, Jeff Mayweather

On July 17, 2016, Pakistan’s very own Muhammad Waseem will be taking on Philippine’s Jether Oliva for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Flyweight title. The belt is an interim world title of sorts and winning it will bring Waseem inches closer to a shot at the full WBC Flyweight World title. The genius behind securing this massive opportunity for Waseem is the Korean promoter, Andy Kim of AK Promotions, who has worked tirelessly and invested a fortune in developing Waseem into a proper title contender. I managed to contact Mr Kim via email to set up a telephone interview with Waseem. He was ...

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