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Beginners luck for boxing brothers Danish, Shahnawaz

Cousins Danish Shaikh and Shahnawaz Ansari ensure medals in their first-ever MSSA boxing championships

Cousin brothers, Danish Zaheeruddin Shaikh and Shahnawaz Sallauddin Ansari of Bandra Urdu High School (Bandra), entered the medal rounds the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) inter-school boxing championships at the District Sports Office (DSO) Sports Complex in Dharavi yesterday — that too in their very first year of participation.

Shahnawaz Ansari (in red) lands a punch on Taher Motiwala during the U-12 MSSA inter-school boxing championships at the District Sports Office complex in Dharavi yesterday. Pic/Sameer Markande
Shahnawaz Ansari (in red) lands a punch on Taher Motiwala during the U-12 MSSA inter-school boxing championships at the District Sports Office complex in Dharavi yesterday. Pic/Sameer Markande 

Danish won his semi-final bout on points against Shivam Waikar of St Xavier's (Andheri) to enter the U-12 final in the U-41 kg weight category. Shahnawaz, meanwhile, lost to Taher Motiwala of Christ Church (Byculla) on points to settle for a bronze in the U-39 kg weight category.

Though both, Danish and Shahnawaz, train under Wasif Ansari they have contrasting reasons for joining the sport. Danish wanted to learn boxing so that he could stop people bullying him.

Fighting bullies
"I was very weak. My fellow students in school would always bully me and even hit me sometimes. But now, I hit them back," said Danish. Shahnawaz, meanwhile, drew inspiration from his cousin and decided to participate in the MSSA championships.

The brothers' career plans are different too. "I want to join the army," said Class VI student Danish. Shahnawaz, though harbours a passion for engineering. "I love cars… I want to be a car engineer," he said.

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