Boxing Is My Childhood Dream

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Kate Peter won a gold medal in the 64kg category at the recently held National Sports Festival, tagged the Garden City Games, in Port Harcourt. In this interview with Boxing In Focus, the female pugilist reveals what prompted her to go into boxing.

Why did you go into boxing?

I am in boxing to realise my childhood dream. I have always been enthusiastic about the sport from my primary school days. I used to buy boxing films with my pocket money on my way to school. I feel I am only doing what I had always wanted to and I have no regrets choosing it as a career. My performance at the Garden City Games is a proof that I have not made a mistake going into boxing. Above all, the sport has brought fame to me and my family.

What was the initial reaction of your family members about your boxing career?

My entire family, especially, my parents, are supportive of my career. My parents give me words of encouragement from time to time, though they raised eyebrows when I started boxing.

I don’t blame them because parents from this part of the world always frown at their female children going into the sport. But they gave me their blessing when they realised that I know what I am doing.

How did you feel winning a gold medal at the recently held National Sports Festival in Port Harcourt?

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I feel so great about my performance at the Garden City Games. Winning a gold medal at the games is a dream come true. It was an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life considering the fact that it was the first time I would compete at that level. But to be honest, I think my success at the games was a result of determination and will-power. I made up my mind prior to the games to settle for nothing less than a gold medal and I am glad I was able to achieve my goal.

What next after the sports festival?

I believe life continues after the games and I have decided not to rest on my oars. My dream is to become a professional boxer and I am ready to do the utmost to achieve my goal. Last month, I fought at the annual Lagos Versus Repton Boys Club in Lagos and I am ready to take part in more tourneys if I am given the opportunity. But it is unfortunate that it is only the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame that organises regular shows for amateur boxers.

What is your take on female boxing in Nigeria?

It is obvious that female boxing is growing in the country. The number of female boxers in the country is also increasing. Nigeria can discover and nurture more female boxers, if we receive support from appropriate quarters. We need organisations to sponsor tourneys where we can express ourselves. But many organisations only have interest in male boxers while the female boxers are left out.

Who is your role model?

Manny Pacquiao has always been my role model. I love every thing about the boxer. He is the best pound-for-pound king and it is the dream of every upcoming boxer to be like him. Many boxers are ducking him because he is a terror in the ring. That is the reason I want to be like him someday.

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