A pair of Maple Ridge Boxing Club siblings share more than just a devastating right hand.
Sara and Sasan Haghighat-joo are leading a group of Team B.C. boxes looking to make some noise at the national level. Both will be heading to he national Canadian championships in Regina starting Oct. 22.
For Sara (51 kg) , her time in the ring came more out chance than a desire to box. The 19-year-old had been going to the gym to as a way to work out. But after a year of training and some prodding, she decided to step inside and try her luck.
“I’ve always been very athletic and enjoyed watching my brother fight,” said Sara. “So I decided to give it a try.”
Her immediate success mimicked that of her brother.
The pair have won Golden Gloves competitions in B.C. and Alberta and the national Gold Gloves in Corwall, Ont. in July earlier this year.
Saran (69 kg), who is on a 14-fight win streak, said like his sister, the key to his success is his work ethic in the ring and in the gym.
“If someone is technically better than me, I’ll outwork them,” said the 18-year-old.
Team B.C. coach Bob Pegues said the two Maple Ridge Boxing Club members are some of the best talent he’s seen in years.
“They are both those uniquely talented athletes you don’t see very often,” said Pegues “They have all the tools to go as far as they want. They just need a little more experience.”