With gradual victory over the Ebola Virus Disease in the country, it’s time for Liberians everywhere announce to the world that we are part of the comity of nations.
And in far away Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, Archiebald Weah, 20, a Liberian who recently turned Professional wants to represent the country in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Weah has two most prestigious United States Golden Gloves awards to his credit and in a dispatch to the Daily Observer wants nothing better to do with his skills than to represent the country at the Olympics.
For starters, the Liberian has been getting inspiration from the world’s best boxers, including five times World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, American Evander Holyfield.
Weah, born in Liberia, was taken to the United States at age five.
“I left Liberia at age 5. Almost 20 years ago. It would give me no greater feeling than to bring home the 1st Olympic medal to my country,” he told the Daily Observer.
He said besides the two Golden Gloves awards, he has won countless competitions and recently turned ‘professional’ meaning he can now fight for money.
Like his mentor Holyfield, research indicates though the American as a young boy grew up in poverty in Atmore, Alabama, he didn’t know it at the time. There was always food on the table and while his older siblings worked to help support the family, Evander spent every waking non-school hour playing (American) football, racking up both offensive and defensive MVP trophies despite his small size. It was that undersized stature that would eventually dash his hopes of playing for the Atlanta Falcons, but a Plan B had emerged as a fateful replacement. Evander had discovered boxing at the age of eight, and didn’t lose a match until he was eleven. By the time he graduated high school he was one of the highest-ranked amateurs in the country and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic boxing team, according to Lee Gruenfeld co-author of Evander’s autobiography, Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter’s Journey looks back over the champ’s life.
Archie has set his eyes on the 2016 Olympic Games and wants the Liberia National Olympic Committee and the Liberia Boxing Association to be aware of his progress and wish.
According to Lee Gruenfeld, “The Los Angeles (Olympic) Games of 1984 provided the first opportunity for Evander Holyfield to demonstrate his special brand of grace and poise on an international stage. After thoroughly decimating every opponent on his way to the semi-finals and establishing himself as his country’s surest bet for a gold medal, he was disqualified for a late punch. The stunned crowd was on the edge of riot over the patently unfair call, and it was only Evander’s calm demeanor and refusal to give open vent to his emotions that averted total chaos. The International Olympic Committee declined to reverse the ref’s decision but took the unprecedented step of overturning the rules that would have deprived Evander of a bronze medal.”
Concerning his readiness to fight for Liberia, Weah said he came across an article about the struggle Liberian boxing was going through in the online edition of the Daily Observer and decided to make a difference with his readiness.
To improve his career, a shot at the Olympic Games, like Holyfield, could give him all the chance necessary for him to make it big in the boxing world and just maybe he could turn the future of Liberian boxing around for the better.