Story by Noor Farhan/Red Sports. Photos by Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports
Singapore’s Mohamed Hanurdeen bin Hamid (red) against Azerbaijan’s Salman Alizada (blue). (Photo 1 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
International Convention Centre, Sunday, August 22, 2010 — Singapore’s Muhammed Hanurdeen Bin Hamid did not progress to the final of the boxing men’s 48kg light-flyweight bout despite giving an all-out attacking performance in the Youth Olympic Games. International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Youth Champion Salman Alizada proved to be more experienced, winning the bout 9-1 against the Singaporean.
Round 1 saw Hanurdeen bring the fight to his opponent, with multiple calculated jabs to the guarded forehead of Azerbaijan’s Alizada.
However, Alizada’s better counter-punching carved him an opening as Hanurdeen’s offensive exposed him to a right hook by Alizada, who claimed his first points of the bout.
Singapore’s Hanurdeen could not find a way past Alizada’s defensive stance. His offensive attempts exposed his weak side and Alizada capitalised on it, giving two lightning quick jabs a mean right hook across the face to claim four points.
Not to go down without a battle, one of Hanurdeen’s left hook finally connected with Alizada, as the first round ended 1-4 against the Secondary 5 student from Serangoon Garden Secondary School.
The second and final round showed the gulf in standards between the two. Intelligent attacking punches by the World Youth Champion saw him earn more points in quick succession against Hanurdeen, with the referee stopping the bout with 38 seconds to go to grant Salman Alizada the victory with a score of 9-1.
“I wasn’t really tired going into the bout, it’s just that I was a bit lacking in defense. I wasn’t really that nervous as I was confident and just wanted to score a point against him,” recalled Hanurdeen on what happened in the bout.
“The plan was to keep away from his punches as best as possible since he was taller than me, but he was (a) much stronger opponent.”
Hanurdeen’s coach helps fit his protective head gear on. (Photo 2 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Hanurdeen finds his own source of motivation before the start of his fight. (Photo 3 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Hanurdeen serves a punch to Alizada. (Photo 4 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
In the second bout, Alizada capitalised on Hanurdeen’s lapse of concentration after being dealt a blow to the face. He had scored two ‘blows to the head’, eventually winning 9-1 when referee Jose Bonet stopped the fight. (Photo 5 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Alizada takes a breather after the end of the first bout. (Photo 6 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Hanurdeen dishes out a punch only for Alizada to duck. (Photo 7 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Referee Jose Bonet from Puerto Rico does a count out. Hanurdeen seemed a little dazed after being hit in the face. (Photo 8 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Alizada dealing a blow to Hanurdeen’s face. (Photo 9 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Hanurdeen tries to wipe away the blood from his nose. (Photo 10 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
A minor bloody nose as a result from a punch from Alizada. (Photo 11 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Hanurdeen’s coach wipes the blood off his face before the referee called an end to the match. (Photo 12 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Hanurdeen’s fans turning out in full force. (Photo 13 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
The student from Serangoon Garden Secondary saw several of his schoolmates show up to cheer him on. (Photo 14 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)
Hanurdeen shared that he wasn’t really nervous before the match, but was instead confident and just wanted to score points against his opponent. (Photo 15 © Lai Jun Wei/Red Sports)