… Boxing trainer urges young guns to focus on sport, education
By John Tuerijama
BOXING trainer Immanuel ‘AC’ Paulus, from MTC Nestor Tobias Sunshine Boxing Academy, has cautioned talented, upcoming boxers to stay away from alcohol abuse, while maintaining their focus on their sport and education.
In an interview with Confidente this week, the 34-year-old Paulus, who is the brother of former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Paulus, said that boxers need to exercise better judgement, and also take their socio-economic situations very seriously. “Your boxing or football careers can always come to an abrupt end, and unforeseen circumstances at times can lead to the premature ending of careers, so sport must just be a part-time event in one’s life,” he said.
“Education is the key to everything. My message to the young upcoming boxers is to make sure that they continue going to school. As a trainer, I go out of my way to monitor the schoolwork of the boxers that I train, and I also talk to the respective parents.” Paulus said that being a boxer does not guarantee that you will one day become a world champion.
He said that it is only those who are committed and disciplined, who may one day raise the national flag very high in the international arena, and win global stardom.
“I always try to tell young boxers that they should know what’s best for them, but you find some of them, in their prime of their career, abusing alcohol, while being influenced by so-called best friends. You find successful boxers, who in a blinking of an eye have overnight friends, and that’s not how it is supposed to be. They need positive friends, who can impact their sporting careers posisuccessful boxers, who in a blinking of an eye tively,” Paulus said. “It is only when a boxer’s career stumbles that they realise who their true friends are. They need to treat their bodies well, because we need able-bodied sportsmen to carry on with the sport. You know that good times or entertainment will always be there, once you have successfully retired from your career, and that can only happen if you do not abuse alcohol.”
He said that 30-year-old boxers cannot expect their bodies to work like those of 20 year olds.“And like we all know, Namibia doesn’t inject massive funds into sport development, like other countries are doing,” warned Paulus. He said that the boxing developmental programs are very important, and that Namibia has managed to produce not one, but four world boxing champions.
As for the future of boxing, Paulus said that it looks promising, when sees the number of boxing stables in the country, which in itself creates healthy competition and allows boxing promoters to concentrate on promoting fights. Born in Tsumeb, the lanky boxing trainer said that Namibia is endowed with talent, before adding that boxing is really growing. “The best possible age to train young and upcoming boxers is when you target amateurs between the ages of nine and 12 years old. They are quick learners and can adapt to any boxing style they are exposed to.” Paulus, who has been instrumental in the boxing careers of some of Namibia’s most brilliant fighters, said that boxing is truly changing, and just like technology, boxing is constantly evolving. Asked why he did not become a boxer, Paulus said that he boxed during his younger days, and that he understands the sport. “I did everything that boxers do. I went to the gym, did sparring sessions with the boxers, learned from different trainers, and whenever I watch a fight, I make sure that I don’t become a fan, but a learner, while looking at the approaches of the two individual boxers involved.
“As a trainer, one has to understand the principle of how a boxer can manage the three minutes of a round. I have travelled extensively and the idea is to be aboveboard and learn techniques that can benefit my boxers,” said Paulus.
“I am in contact with a number of trainers across the world, like Floyd Mayweather Senior, Freddy Roach, the trainer of Manny Pacquiao, Ricky Mittology from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States and Joel Diaz, the former trainer of Timothy Bradley.” Asked about his future plans, the soft-spoken trainer said that he wants to own a boxing academy one day, but that all depends on what the future holds.
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