by Najeer Yusof
IT WAS her talent and potential that impressed her current coach, Mr Arvind Lalwani, 36. He first saw her in 2008 when she fought and defeated one of his fighters in an amateur level fight. Back then, Ms Nurshahidah Roslie was from a different gym and trained under Mr Sunny Pang, an acquaintance of Arvind. In that same year, her previous gym closed and she was introduced to Arvind and began training under him. Since then, the 28-year-old has been on the national amateur boxing team and fought in local and international amateur fights. With 10 years of boxing experience under her belt, she turned professional with Juggernaut Fight Club in February this year, just before her professional debut fight in the second edition of the Singapore Fighting Championships (SFC).
Yesterday, the recently-turned-professional fighter fought her third professional fight in the third edition of the SFC and became Singapore’s first female professional boxing champion. Winning the Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) Female Inter-Continental Super Featherweight title, the 28-year-old scored a technical knockout (TKO) in the second round, defeating her Thai opponent Ms Sithsaithong.
Being a professional boxer and working for Juggernaut Fight Club gym as an Operations Manager, Shahidah has a packed schedule, but still manages to juggle all her responsibilities well. Here is a peek into her routine:
Featured image & images by Najeer Yusof.
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