Sam Yousefi

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Master Trainer/Boxing Coach, VIDA Fitness

Q: Tell us a misconception about professional fighting/boxing?

That all fighters are either dumb or had a bad childhood. Every athlete is different and come from different backgrounds and families.  I am one of many fighters that come from a good family, consider myself intelligent, and compete for the love and challenge of the sport.

Q: Did you catch the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight?

I did and I predicted exactly what happened.  They fought 6 years too late and out of their prime.  Both are great fighters, but I truly believe Pacquiao has accomplished more in boxing than Mayweather.

Q: Boxer or Briefs?

Definitely boxers when I go out or dress nice.  I wear boxer briefs when I train or do anything active.  They both do the job, it’s just a matter of the situation.

Q: What’s your proudest moment as a boxer?

Achieving a Bronze medal in the WKA World Kickboxing Championships 2006. They pick the best fighters in their weight class from each country to fight each other.  It is a bracketed tournament where someone might have to fight 3 to 6 times to win Gold.  Out of almost 20 fighters, I received the Bronze metal.

Q: We know you have a nickname!

When I started training in Jiu-Jitsu one of my coaches started calling me “Sambo”. Not sure why. I guess he liked the sound of it. Later on, I had one of my friends whom I was training for a fight say “You are like an Afghan Samurai”, so they started calling me the Afghan Samurai until I retired.  I still have some friends call me Sambo. Lol!

Q: Most amazing destination boxing has taken you?

In 2006, Niagra Falls.

Q: What makes The Yards stand out from other neighborhoods in DC?

It has come a long way and has transformed into a beautiful neighborhood. It is growing so rapidly and best of all, the Washington Nationals is hosted right in the heart of The Yards.

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