When we enter the Aluche Boxing School a deafening beep sounds every 3 minutes. It is the clock that marks the duration of each round. There we find Amin Hachimi preparing to train, carrying out a ritual with the patience of a craftsman. The bandages, the protections, the mouth, the helmet, the gloves… He has been doing it since he was 13 years old when he started more by chance than passion. The devotion would come later when he started with the “sparring” between gyms because “in Madrid it is difficult to fight being a minor”. With the age of majority just reached and 11 fights as an amateur, he made his professional debut, which led him in 2018 to be treated by the most important sports media as a young promise. The same year a right hand knuckle injury kept him away from the sport for nearly twelve months. After “many doctors and many physicians” he claims to be “100% recovered”. A term of a pair of years is marked to conquer the Championship of Spain, the one of Europe and what they allow him.
He exudes nobility as he addresses Emiro -his coach- whom he respectfully calls “teacher” and considers “a reference.” The same naivety that turns into firmness when he steps into the ring. Not in vain is the future of Spanish boxing.
Meik Magazine: Just before the pandemic broke out, you were going to make your debut at the Casino, which, at least in Madrid, is one of the places with the most projection.
Amín Hachimi: It was going to be an evening where very good boxers from here in Madrid fought, organized by Jero. But two or three days before they canceled it due to the virus.
MM: What inconveniences has the virus had for your development as an athlete? You had a lot of plans, a lot of fights scheduled for these months.
AH: Not only for my development, for boxing in general. After all, boxing lives from the public here in Spain. Not being able to do evenings there is no money to do them. I think there have been two or three in these months.
MM: What does it mean to wait a year in an athlete’s career?
AH: It depends on how young I am. Boxing is a sport where you retire young, around 40 years old. So that wait means less time to do what you want.
MM: That leads us to ask ourselves under what conditions a boxer retires.
AH: Normally it is not the boxer who withdraws, but boxing who withdraws. When he no longer has the conditions or he just gets older and injuries come.
MM: In an interview not long ago, you talked about the importance of humility. And how in boxing it was necessary because if you trust yourself you get hit.
AH: In boxing and in any area of life. If you are not humble you have nothing left. You have to help others as much as possible.
MM: Many people cannot see past the violence in this sport. What values do you think boxing brings and the prejudiced ones are lost?
AH: It is a team sport. Let’s see, you get into a ring to hit yourself. It is violent during the fight but after the fight we are all friends. It generates a lot of friendship, in the gym we have formed a family, it teaches many values. Aggression only in fights.
MM: Do you have a fight scheduled?
AH: For next month, two evenings if they don’t cancel. One in Alicante and the other I am not sure where it is. But I am always training for whatever comes out.
MM: Who would you especially like to fight with in the future?
AH: I have no special names. With whom I touch. With whom the public decides.
MM: Can the public decide who you fight?
AH: The public is the one who decides what fight they want to see. You get in the ring and it’s a show. If no people come to see you, there is no show.
MM: Can you make a living from boxing in Spain?
AH: More and more …
AH: But here it is more complicated than in other countries. Because of the mentality of the people, because they associate it with something violent. Although there is more and more public and more and more people are convinced that it is a noble art.
MM: What sacrifices do you make to be able to continue in professional boxing?
AH: This is a job like any other and even harder because when you do not comply or do not train, you pay it in the ring. There is a lot of sacrifice. Training, discipline, sleep soon. But it is what I want and it is what I have chosen.
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