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.View all profiles