Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Siju Shabazz and international competition

Las Cruces amateur boxer Siju Shabazz is going to get some valuable experience in the coming month in the boxing ring. On Nov. 16-17 in Hinkley, Minn., he will participate in the Golden Gloves World Championships. Then later this month and into December, he will head to England to represent the United States in fights against England.

Shabazz won the National Golden Gloves title at 178 pounds in May and later competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials. In early September he represented the U.S. in a dual vs. Australia, which he won.

Shabazz has been boxing for just a few years and is improving all the time. He just needs more experience and these fights coming up will only help get better. Shabazz will likely turn pro sometime in 2008, maybe 2009, but the future is bright.

— Felix