Sunday, June 14, 2009

Siju Shabazz gives it a great ride

It hasn't been long since Siju Shabazz began his boxing career, but it didn't take long for him to pick up the sport and fare well at it.
Shabazz has only been a participant in the sport for around six years, but he's learned fast and he's won two national titles and nearly won a third on Saturday night. In 2007, he won the National Golden Gloves and last year he won the National Police Athletic League title. On Saturday, he just missed out on winning the USA National Boxing Championship, losing a close, 11-9 decision.

Had Shabazz won the championship, he would have been the first New Mexico fighter to win national titles at the GG, USA and the National PAL's. Not too bad for Shabazz, who comes from a very talented family, which includes Siddeeq, Shukree and Sina, all of whom played or are playing college football.

Siju has certainly come into his own as a boxer and that's been due to his hard work and patience. Siju has had to work at being a good fighter and the results have been due to his hard work. To nearly win three national titles and to represent the U.S. in international events says a great deal about Shabazz.

Now the question is whether Shabazz will turn pro or stay amateur. Either way, it will be beneficial for him. If he stays amateur, he'll gain more experience, if he turns pro, then he can move on and see what he can do.

- Felix