APB Interview: Pro dream comes true for former miner11 October 2013
Today our AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) “Boxer of the Week” focuses on an athlete with a wonderful story. Serhiy Verveyko struggled to make his way working in a Ukrainian mine until he recently saw his dreams come true when he was spotted by a Hussars Poland boxing coach. In this short fan-generated interview we ask Serhiy how this came about.
You started boxing in your home country Ukraine. What made you move to Poland?
I come from a small town in the Luhansk region in Eastern Ukraine. It is close to the Russian border and it is a typical industrial area with coal mines as the main form of employment. As you can imagine there are not many opportunities to start a career in sports there. I went to study in the Luhansk Sports and Physical Culture College and I was boxing during my studies for around 6 years. However I could not get by just through boxing, I had to work to pay for my studies as well. That is why I decided to go somewhere else where I might have more opportunities, both for my sports career and to earn some more money. I went to some sports agencies to see where I might go in Europe and they suggested that I should go to Poland. So I left for the little city of Plonsk in Poland to work in the local brick factory. After two months I moved to Warsaw to work in a construction site. And it is there that my life turned in another direction. All that time I was still running as I was trying to stay as fit as I was before. And as soon as I arrived to Warsaw I asked my boss whether there were any boxing gyms where I could train in the evenings. My boss said that he knew a good boxing coach and he introduced us soon afterwords. That’s how I started my boxing career in Poland. I trained very hard and this July I quit my job and I now box full-time. Now that I’ve signed a contract with the Polish World Series of Boxing (WSB) team “Hussars Poland” for the upcoming IV season I am training twice a day and looking forward for our training camp next week. That’s when we will start getting ready for the historic fight with the Cuban team that we will be hosting in November. This is a huge event for me. Just the fact of fighting five rounds instead of the usual three is quite a challenging step to take. Moreover, I have never fought in any global competitions before so this is like a dream come true.
You are proof that you can achieve a lot through hard work! And right after the WSB there will be the APB challenge. How do you see your future in APB?
What I know for sure is that it will be really hard! As I said, it is already challenging to adapt technique from three to five rounds, obviously eight rounds will be extremely difficult. Moreover, I will have to deal with the best of the best – Olympic, World, European Champions! And I still haven’t had a chance to compete in any competition at that sort of level. I hope that I will be able to qualify for the Olympics through APB. That is every boxer’s dream! If I manage to do more than that, it will be amazing, but even getting there is already a big thing!
And as for my ambitions, I can just say that like any other boxer I just wish to become a Champion!
Who is your boxing hero?
I like the boxing style of many fighters actually! I was a fan of Arturo Gatti, Antonio Barrera, Mike Tyson, Klitschko brothers..
Which qualities do you think an athlete should have to succeed in boxing?
The most important is to be ruled by a desire! Of course you should have a very assertive character and finally, the boxer should set a goal and do his best to achieve it.
And finally, what does an ideal boxing career look like to you?
The dream of each and every boxer is just to win, always. And if you do that, any career will become the best.
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