KUALA LUMPUR National boxer, Muhamad Fuad Mohd Redzuan, hopes a foreign coach for the national team will be picked promptly to allow the boxers to adjust to a new training method.
The 29-year-old from Negeri Sembilan said that since there are no international competitions at the moment, this is the best time to build the coach-team connection.
“I feel we will need up to six months to build the relationship and adjust to the person’s coaching skills and techniques. So the faster the person comes, the better,” he told reporters after a contract-signing between the national boxers and National Sports Council (MSN) in Keramat today.
He said he would prefer a coach from Uzbekistan or Cuba instead of Kazakhstan because they would have a broad set of techniques.
Earlier, Malaysian Boxing Association (PTM) deputy president, Mohd Iruan Zulkifli, said that a discussion is being held with MSN on the selection of a coach from a shortlist of four candidates from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Cuba, which is expected to be finalised by mid-August.
Meanwhile, Muhamad Fuad, who switched from the 49kg category (which he has competed in for 11 years) to the 52kg category for a better chance of going to the Olympics, said he will have to work very hard to reclaim the gold medal at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
“I have to increase my stamina and strength, as well as improve my technique in this new category.
“At the same time, training and competitions abroad are very important to test my ability and suss out the opponent in this category,” he said.
Muhamad Fuad has competed in the SEA Games six times, beginning with Laos in 2009. He won the gold medal at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017 but had to be satisfied with a bronze medal at the Philippines SEA Games last year.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency