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  • [MUSIC]

  • ADRIAN: Since he was a little baby, he loved to punch.

  • RESHAT: When I get in the ring, I see a guy in front of me, I just keep going. I don't

  • stop. Even if it hurts, I don't stop.

  • ADRIAN: Reshat is ranked number one in boxing and number one in the world in kickboxing.

  • He's undefeated in MMA, he's undefeated in muay thai. He has like twenty two championship

  • belts.

  • RESHAT: Right now, I'm five two, one hundred and three pounds.

  • SOSA: The kid is only thirteen years old and he's so good that sometimes it's very hard

  • to get him a fight. Nobody really wants to fight him.

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  • ADRIAN: Reshat trains like five day a week, two and a half hours a day. He goes to school,

  • comes home, does his homework, eat, then we head out to the boxing gym.

  • SOSA: I tell my kids this is a very physical hard sport. You gotta train your body so when

  • you get hit it won't hurt as much. I've known Reshat two years, but he's been doing kickboxing

  • and jiu jitsu before that.

  • ADRIAN: Since he was a little baby, he loved to punch. At age five, Reshat started competing

  • with jiu jitsu and submission grappling and he basically won every competition he competed

  • in. As he got a little bit older, the kickboxing matches started coming in and MMA fights started

  • coming in. He liked the most MMA, a combination of all mixed martial arts, but in New York

  • it's not allowed for kids, even for adults so we had to travel all over the country to

  • find him fights. It's easier to find boxing in New York so if you cannot get any other

  • fights, we started doing boxing. Now, he's a four years in a row world kickboxing champion.

  • He's a junior olympic boxing champion. He's a North American submission grappling champion

  • and Grapplers Quest jiu jitsu champion. He's undefeated in MMA, he's undefeated in muay

  • thai. He's ranked number one in the world in kickboxing and he's ranked number one in

  • boxing in the United States hundred pound division.

  • SOSA: What makes Reshat special? He's willing to mix it up. He don't run, he wants to fight

  • and that's what makes him special. He stays, he's not afraid to get hit.

  • RESHAT: I can fight different ways. If they can brawl, I'll brawl with them. If they'll

  • try to fight technical, I'll fight technical back. They call me Albanian Bear.

  • SOSA: His sparring partner which is Harley Medros, he's also a Silver Glove National

  • Champion so it'll be a good spar. He'll be sparring maybe six, seven hours with him.

  • RESHAT: Amazing fighter. Really really talented. Me and him both won the Silver Gloves this

  • year. Hopefully, we're gonna back this year and win it again.

  • ADRIAN: My father was a boxer and he taught boxing to me. I have a son, I teach it to

  • my son, but it's a lot of frustration coaching your own kid. You expect way more than any

  • other kid.

  • RESHAT: My father teaches me like how to punch, what to do when the situation. Also, he cares

  • about me. He's always taking care of me, you know.

  • SOSA: Reshat does get a little nervous before a fight, but it's not cause he knows he's

  • going to lose or he knows he's gonna do bad. He don't wanna look bad in front of his dad.

  • RESHAT: When I'm with my father and he goes, "stop, you get hit too much. Pick your hands

  • up!" that's the kind of things that I get kind of intimidated, like scared of, because

  • I want to prove to my father I'm good enough to box.

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  • ADRIAN: Reshat.

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  • ADRIAN: Reshat.

  • ADRIAN: Every time he goes to a fight, to a ring, I worry he's gonna get hurt and also

  • I don't want anybody else to get hurt, you know? Because they're kids. It is a hard sport,

  • but it's been there since the beginning of time. Any contact sport, you get injuries.

  • Accidents happen.

  • RESHAT: I don't think of like having like brain trauma I think if you keep getting hit

  • in the head. What I need to do is keep my hands up so I don't have to worry about that

  • happening. If I don't keep my hands up, it's my problem.

  • ADRIAN: Nobody wants to see his kid get hit so I try to make him not to be an easy target.

  • If I see that my son is getting hit hard or he's losing the fight badly, I'm stopping

  • the fight. There's no need to get to a point that he gets hurt.

  • [WHISTLE BLOWS]

  • [CLAPPING]

  • ADRIAN: From a boxing gym from Flatbush we're going to a kickboxing gym which is in Staten

  • Island to continue our training, so that's long hours and that's five days a week actually.

  • RESHAT: If I keep working on it, you know, in my heart and in my head I know that I can

  • end up being on top.

  • ADRIAN: Everybody has his dreams. You wanna be the best? You gotta put up your time.

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  • [WHISTLE]

  • Here we go!

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  • ADRIAN: Akmal who teaches kickboxing is from Uzbekistan and is a two-time world champion

  • at kickboxing. In the beginning he was doing it old school and he was putting these kids

  • through torture, but they told him in America it's called child abuse so he had to switch

  • the training a little bit. It became way softer. In the beginning it was hard, that's what

  • I liked and that's why I enrolled Reshat in it.

  • RESHAT: I have to train, I have to train hard every single day. I've got mostly all my life

  • trying to be on top. If I keep going with that I could end up getting famous off of

  • what I want to do most and it's boxing and MMA.

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  • ADRIAN: Reshat can't wait until he becomes fifteen, sixteen so he can advance to that

  • Olympic trials and make it to the USA team. If you're an amateur fighter, Olympics is

  • the top championship. After that, it's the pros.

  • RESHAT: I want to become a fighter, you know. A pro boxer or a pro MMA fighter. Maybe both.

  • You just have to stay focused.

  • ADRIAN: I'm hoping to be the best he can be. It doesn't matter where. Boxing, MMA, kickboxing

  • or whatever he decides to do.

  • SOSA: Good kid. Very good boxer, very good kickboxer, and I believe he will be a great

  • great professional fighter.

  • ADRIAN: As a fighter you want to be a champion and Reshat was a fighter from the beginning.

  • I didn't make him a fighter. He was born a fighter.

  • RESHAT: Subscribe to THNKR or I'll knock you out!

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Amazing 13-Year-Old Boxing & MMA Prodigy

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    Zenn posted on 2013/04/05
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