Indian boxers lack quality coaching : American coach Joe Clough, Technical director of the Indian Boxing Council (IBC)
Updated on: 10 Jun 2016
"India has a history of boxing yet they are lacking facilities and good coaching."
American coach Joe Clough, who is the technical director of the Indian Boxing Council (IBC), believes Indian boxers can prove their worth at the professional level, and it is a matter of time that they come good.
What the Indians lacked, the 74-year-old, who has coached the National teams of Philippines, Nepal, Malaysia, Burma, Bhutan, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, said here on Sunday was quality coaching.
"Indian boxers need more good coaches to establish themselves on big platforms. China doesn't have any history of boxing and yet they win gold medals because they have proper equipments and coaches. India has a history of boxing yet they are lacking facilities and good coaching," he told The Hindu.
Excerpts from the interview:
How do you see the Indian Boxing Council shaping up?
Right now there have been some problems regarding finance and the boys are not getting enough fights. To keep them busy they should have fights every month that would help them keep in shape for big tournaments and their first aim should be to win the Indian belt.
How was it to train with the Olympic champions — Sugar Ray Seales and Leo Randolph — who started with you at Tacoma Boys Club at Washington?
Yes, it was an advantage because when you train a nine-year-old and at the age of 16 he becomes National champion. In fact all my players became national champions. It feels good when you are teaching properly.
What do you think of the future of Indian Pro Boxing?