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‘Couldn’t complete bout,but I’m happy about win’

At first glance,Hamza Murad comes across as being tough,yet there is a certain calmness about him.

Opponent retires hurt,Iranian Hamza Murad wins professional featherweight title at Asian Open Kickboxing Championship

At first glance,Hamza Murad comes across as being tough,yet there is a certain calmness about him.

The 26-year-old kickboxer from Iran was in the city for the Asian Open Kickboxing Championship,which concluded on Sunday at the Balewadi Sports Complex.

Murad has been practising the sport since he was only six years old and has won many titles so far. He has won the Iranian national title over 20 times and secured the world championship last year.

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Thus,when he was crowned international champion in the professional featherweight category at the championships here in Pune,it did not come as much of a surprise.

Murad beat Hazibullah Kaiyumi in the title bout,as the fighter from Afghanistan retired midway after injuring his left arm during the final.

“It is unfortunate we didn’t manage to finish the bout,but I am happy about the win nonetheless,” he said.

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Murad is also part of the Iranian national Savate team. Savate is a martial art that originated in France and is similar to kickboxing except that one can only use one’s feet to kick,whereas in kickboxing the knees and shins can also be used.

Commenting on the kickboxing scene in India,Murad said the sport has potential but needs some time to develop. “There is a lot of enthusiasm among the players,but their skill and technical knowledge of the game is lacking in some areas,” he said.

This is his first visit to the country,and he is enjoying it immensely. “I arrived only a couple of days before the tournament. All the people who I have interacted with have been very hospitable,” he smiled.

First published on: 24-02-2010 at 06:33:56 am
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