6th January, 2012
A woman boxer, Loveth Patra, has disclosed that hard work and self-belief gave her victory over the national champion, Kate Peter.
Patra stated this in a chat with P.M. SportsÂ after her keenly-contested bout with the Garden City Games gold medalist at the 3rd Governorâ€™s Belt and the 26th edition of the Monthly Saturday Boxing Show at Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Lagos.
â€œIt was hard work and self-belief that gave me victory today. I was frightened at first when I was told I would fight Kate. But I was able to beat her despite her intimidating record because I believed in myself,â€ said Patra.
The new champion said that her coach, Samsondeen Balogun, also contributed to her victory through his words of encouragement.
â€œMy coach always told me to be focused and determined. He told me during training that I could always get what I want if I worked very hard at it. I just won a trophy today because I followed his advice,â€ added Patra.
She said further that her coach subjected her to rigorous training sessions in the build up to the bout.
â€œ We worked every day and night while preparing for the fight. And I feel great about the outcome of the bout,â€ said Patra.