CORNWALL, Ontario – Isha and Sahil Waheed found hard fought success at the Canadian national boxing Super Channel Championships in Langford B.C. which was held from April 23 to the 27.
Isha won gold in the girls division in the 60kg weight class and Sahil won bronze in the male 60kg weight class. Sahil faced the boxer who eventually won gold and came close, but lost in a split judges decision.
Both of the Waheed siblings are students at Champs Eastside Boxing Club owned and operated by Jorge Luis, the main coach for the Waheeds.
Luis explained how the Waheeds trained for nationals four nights a week, and did road trips to go out and get fighting experience.
“We fought them into shape,” said Luis.
Luis explained the strengths of both the Waheeds and things that they still needed to learn.
“Isha is very strong,” he said. “She is very determined and very aggressive in the ring. She hits hard and fast. She needs to learn how to control her emotions and also gain more experience.”
Luis believes that Isha has what it takes to compete at the national level for years to come.
For her brother Sahil, Luis says that he needs to control his nerves, but that will develop with time and experience.
Sahil said that their success was all thanks to Luis and that he was excited to go to nationals.
“It felt really good,” he said. “We worked really hard for it.”
Isha has big hopes for the future, with an eye towards an Olympic run.
“I want to make the Canadian National team and go to the Olympics,” she said. “I want to thank all of my coaches, but especially Jorge, I wouldn’t be what I am without him.”