Packs a punch: Nguyễn Thị Tâm (left) aims to make an entrance in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia in August. — VNS Photo Lương Thu Hương
Knock out: Nguyễn Thị Tâm. — VNS Photo Lương Thu Hương
Inner Sanctum: Foreign experts say that many factors have made you the leading boxer of Asia, such as flexible movements in the arena, upward strikes and being able to bear pain well. What do you think about that?
I think I have only just begun; I need to make even greater efforts.
Inner Sanctum: The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recently announced the top ten cultural, sports and tourism events in 2017, naming you for bagging the first gold medal for Vietnamese boxing in an Asian event. How did you feel about that?
I was moved to tears over winning the Asian title on defeating Pang Choi Mi of North Korea 3-2 in the final of the women’s 51kg category at the Asian Boxing Championship, held in HCM City late last year.
I was really very happy and surprised as that achievement was chosen to be listed among the typical events of the capital city. It was a gift that let me show my deep gratitude towards my coaches, the Thai expert and my teammates.
Inner Sanctum: Please describe a typical day for you.
In the morning, I often swim, run or train at the gym. After that, I practise boxing for around 4-5 hours per day. When I have free time, I watch elite boxing matches.
Inner Sanctum: What’s next on your agenda?
I don’t intend to sleep on the victory I gained. I will try to make an entrance in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia in August.
Inner Sanctum: Are you under any pressure right now?
No, I’m not. I am very comfortable. My coaches, especially Cường, created a plan for me to train and rest reasonably to ensure I’m in the best physical condition.
Inner Sanctum: Do you have any advice for young girls who want to become a famous boxer like you?
They must try their best and overcome difficulties and challenges. Their efforts will be fruitful.
Inner Sanctum: What does boxing bring you?
Thanks to boxing, from a timid girl, I became stronger and I am not afraid of facing obstacles in life.
Inner Sanctum: What are your greatest achievements?
I won gold medals in the National Junior Boxing Championships from 2009 to 2013. From 2014 to 2017, I triumphed at the national Senior Boxing Championships and won a gold medal in the Asian event last year. VNS