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Meet Pakistan’s boxing squad for the 2010 Asian Games. Find out when and how they started, what fuels them and what their aspirations are. – Text by Taimur Sikander, Photos by G.A.Zaidi

Amir Khan (64kg)<br /> 
<strong>DOB:</strong> 15/08/1991<br />
<strong>How it all started:</strong> I started boxing at the age of 13 after attending the Muslim Azad Boxing Club in Lyari, Karachi.<br />
<strong>Training and diet:</strong> I am not following a particular diet but train really hard, so everything I eat gets burned fast.<br />
<strong>Favourite boxer:</strong> Mehrullah Lassi (Pakistan) and brother Samiullah<br />
<strong>Toughest opponent:</strong> Never came across someone who I would rate highly.<b
Amir Khan (64kg)
DOB: 15/08/1991
How it all started: I started boxing at the age of 13 after attending the Muslim Azad Boxing Club in Lyari, Karachi.
Training and diet: I am not following a particular diet but train really hard, so everything I eat gets burned fast.
Favourite boxer: Mehrullah Lassi (Pakistan) and brother Samiullah
Toughest opponent: Never came across someone who I would rate highly.
Arshad Hussain: (69kg)<br />
<strong>DOB:</strong> 17/7/1990, Karachi<br /> 
<strong>How it all started:</strong> I was a big fan of Pakistan's boxing great and Olympian Jan Mohammad Baloch. I myself got into boxing after being pushed into the sport by my cousins who must have seen some potential. I have trained at the RCB club but after I got noticed by the Pakistan Air Force, they have been a great support in preparing me for international level boxing.<br />
<strong>Training and diet:</strong> I train for 4 hour
Arshad Hussain: (69kg)
DOB: 17/7/1990, Karachi
How it all started: I was a big fan of Pakistan's boxing great and Olympian Jan Mohammad Baloch. I myself got into boxing after being pushed into the sport by my cousins who must have seen some potential. I have trained at the RCB club but after I got noticed by the Pakistan Air Force, they have been a great support in preparing me for international level boxing.
Training and diet: I train for 4 hour
Mirwais Khan (91+kg)<br />
<strong>DOB</strong>: 13/10/1986, Chaman<br />
<strong>How it all started:</strong> I started when I was 15 from the Akbar Boxing Club. My family was really passionate about boxing so it was a natural choice. Saif Khan and Abdul Wali were my idols growing up.<br />
<strong>Training and diet:</strong> Right now it is 24 hours of training and focusing for the Asian Games. I am lucky weight is not an issue for me so I eat everything that's healthy, mostly mutton. How you cook your food also
Mirwais Khan (91+kg)
DOB: 13/10/1986, Chaman
How it all started: I started when I was 15 from the Akbar Boxing Club. My family was really passionate about boxing so it was a natural choice. Saif Khan and Abdul Wali were my idols growing up.
Training and diet: Right now it is 24 hours of training and focusing for the Asian Games. I am lucky weight is not an issue for me so I eat everything that's healthy, mostly mutton. How you cook your food also
Muhammad Waseem (49kg)<br />
<strong>DOB:</strong> 29/08/1987, Quetta<br />
<strong>How it all started:</strong> I started boxing at the age of seven from the Boxing Club of Pakistan.<br />
<strong>Training and diet:</strong> I usually train 4 hours a day but have been working overtime in preparations for the 2010 Asian Games. I have to be particularly careful in my weight category and so my diet is mostly made up of eggs, cereals, milk and fruit.<br />
<strong>Favourite boxer:</strong> Mike Tyson<br />
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Muhammad Waseem (49kg)
DOB: 29/08/1987, Quetta
How it all started: I started boxing at the age of seven from the Boxing Club of Pakistan.
Training and diet: I usually train 4 hours a day but have been working overtime in preparations for the 2010 Asian Games. I have to be particularly careful in my weight category and so my diet is mostly made up of eggs, cereals, milk and fruit.
Favourite boxer: Mike Tyson
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Niamatullah (56kg)<br />
<strong>DOB:</strong> 01/04/89, Quetta<br />
<strong>How it all started:</strong> I started when I was about 14 or 15 years old. My first club was the Hamdard Boxing Club.<br />
<strong>Training and diet:</strong> I usually train for about 5-6 hours a day and my diet is made up of eggs, bread and lots of meat.<br />
<strong>Favourite boxer:</strong> Ahmed Ali<br /> (Pakistan) and Prince Naseem Hamid<br />
<strong>Toughest opponent:</strong> Muhammad Nadim Hossain (Bangladesh)<br />
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Niamatullah (56kg)
DOB: 01/04/89, Quetta
How it all started: I started when I was about 14 or 15 years old. My first club was the Hamdard Boxing Club.
Training and diet: I usually train for about 5-6 hours a day and my diet is made up of eggs, bread and lots of meat.
Favourite boxer: Ahmed Ali
(Pakistan) and Prince Naseem Hamid
Toughest opponent: Muhammad Nadim Hossain (Bangladesh)
Nawaz Dad (60kg)<br />
<strong>DOB:</strong> 05/08/1985, Khanewal<br />
<strong>How it all started:</strong> I started at the age of 18 from the Five Star Ghazi Boxing Club. My father was into boxing and wanted one of his two sons to be a boxer. So you can say it's a family thing.<br />
<strong>Training and diet:</strong> 5-6 hours a day. I eat mostly chicken, it keeps the weight off. Sadly, there are a lot of things we can?t eat.<br />
<strong>Favourite boxer:</strong> Prince Naseem and of course Mohammad Ali<br /
Nawaz Dad (60kg)
DOB: 05/08/1985, Khanewal
How it all started: I started at the age of 18 from the Five Star Ghazi Boxing Club. My father was into boxing and wanted one of his two sons to be a boxer. So you can say it's a family thing.
Training and diet: 5-6 hours a day. I eat mostly chicken, it keeps the weight off. Sadly, there are a lot of things we can?t eat.
Favourite boxer: Prince Naseem and of course Mohammad Ali
Nisar Khan (75kg)<br />
<strong>DOB:</strong> 20/09/1982, Lahore<br />
<strong>How it all started:</strong> I actually wanted to play basketball but in 2001 was persuaded by some coaches to give boxing a shot. I took part in a tournament by the Pakistan Army and it's been a tough journey since. My idols were Asghar Ali Shah and Haider Ali.<br />
<strong>Training and diet:</strong> I train for about 4 hours a day but for the Asian Games, the routine has been a bit more rigorous. My diet is made up mostly of protein.
Nisar Khan (75kg)
DOB: 20/09/1982, Lahore
How it all started: I actually wanted to play basketball but in 2001 was persuaded by some coaches to give boxing a shot. I took part in a tournament by the Pakistan Army and it's been a tough journey since. My idols were Asghar Ali Shah and Haider Ali.
Training and diet: I train for about 4 hours a day but for the Asian Games, the routine has been a bit more rigorous. My diet is made up mostly of protein.
Asif Katchi (52kg)<br />
<strong>Place of Birth:</strong> Karachi<br />
<strong>Achievements:</strong> Gold at the National Ranking Boxing Championship in 2009<br />
* Asif has been drafted in as a last minute replacement for Haroon Iqbal
Asif Katchi (52kg)
Place of Birth: Karachi
Achievements: Gold at the National Ranking Boxing Championship in 2009
* Asif has been drafted in as a last minute replacement for Haroon Iqbal

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Suhail Nov 10, 2010 06:03pm
My best wishes and Prays for great Pakistani Boxers. The Footballers and Boxers of Pakistan need a push from media because of many reasons. Despite of hurdles and lack of political will our athletes, Tennis Player, Squash players, weight lifters and boxers always shine on world scenario. Cricketers broke the hearts of millions of Pakistanis. I think time has arrived to seriously think about other sports, because Pakistani cricket is polluted and scandalized by favoritism and greed. After all I am so happy to see boxers from Quetta as well.
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wajid Khan Nov 10, 2010 08:48pm
I have lived in Canada since 1975. However, i feel passionate about Pakistan, its people and especially its athletes male and female. Chaman's story of lack of equipment is not new. However it is time to do something about it. i feel that the business community and the sports fan should take up this challenge.On my part i will be happy to adopt the gym where Chaman and others box and provide the necessary equipment. Best Wishes to all the Athletes, may they do Pakistan proud at the games. Sincerely, Wajid Khan Former member of Parliament and Special Advisor to the Prime minister of Canada for Middle East and Central Asia.
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Sayed Nov 10, 2010 08:51pm
I take my hat off to these TRUE Athletes. Being an amature/recreational boxer myself in past, i know the extreme hard work and dedication that is needed to put in combat sports - Boxing, Martial arts etc - since in the ring you are alone and if you cheat in training you will get punished in the ring. Its is not fun to get hit one the face or on the ribs. Combat sports are truely manly sports since you are alone and like a lone wolf on hunt. Kill or get Killed..! We need to support these warriors of ours and we need to spread combat sports in Pakistan since thats where you learn extreme dicipline sacrifice, passion and taste who sweet the victory smells. ONCE YOU HAVE FOUGHT IN RING, EVERTHING ELSE IS EASY IN LIFE.....!
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Sayed Nov 10, 2010 08:56pm
PAKISTANI:- Put your sons and daughters in Combat sports. Support the combat sports. Turn your boys into proud strong, muslim men and turn your daughters into proud confident muslim women through combat sports. Give the the structure and hard work needed to succeed in these sports and give them something to love passionately...!
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Abid Lodhi Nov 11, 2010 08:33am
We wish best of luck to the Pakistani boxers and hope that they will bring medels for country.
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marium Nov 11, 2010 10:26am
all the best pakistan
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Wiqas Ahmed Nov 11, 2010 11:19am
No doubt Pakistan is full of talent. Had we have system's support, we would have shown great progress and achievements. Very good luck to our all sport teams. May Allah help them.
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Saad Sikander Nov 11, 2010 01:42pm
Hard to believe why most of them like Mike Tyson & not Muhammad Ali.
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Mohammed Tariq Nov 11, 2010 02:18pm
I think these boxer's are our assets of country we must support them by all means, wheather in terms of money or by moral support Best wishes from me and my country men's Regards
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RaJ Nov 11, 2010 07:44pm
I am from India, and I would like to wish my brothers next door in Pakistan, the very best of luck. regardless of what our politics, we share a historical, cultural, and traditional bonds with you and I wish you the best of luck in everything that you are doing. You all are brave people, and the world has taken notice. dealing with extremists who are poisoning your country, the devestating floods, and the terrible government you have and you all still manage to go far in sports, arts,and business just shows that you all have some of the best potential in the world. Keep fighting, keep working hard, you have friends here in India who want to see you get thru this tough time period.
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sameer al amiri Nov 11, 2010 08:14pm
i think abdul rasheed baloch is best boxer in asia. He is a nice boxer.
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Syed Nasir Shah Nov 11, 2010 09:38pm
Taimur Sikander, Can you please email me the contact information for Boxer Mirwais Khan in order to find out the needs of his Gym. I would really appreciate it.
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sallam Nov 11, 2010 09:44pm
pakistan have so much talent,that these youngsters from remote areas can make our country proud all over the world & they are doing their best but just like every other institution is stinking with corruption,so as sports.good or bad governance effect every thing from top to bottom.
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Ijaz Sheikh Nov 11, 2010 10:01pm
BEST WISHES FOR THE BOXING SQUAD. HOPEFULLY THEY CAN RETRIEVE SOME OF PAK PRIDE WHILE THERE ARE SO MANY CONTROVERSIES CLOUDING PAKISTAN CRICKET SCENE.
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ahmad Nov 12, 2010 12:21am
Wishing all of you guys best of luck.Come back home as champions
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zeeshan kazmi Nov 12, 2010 12:58am
Best of luck :)
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