Twenty-four year old Surez Gurung has a remarkable story to tell. The young boy from Nepal never thought he would one day become a professional boxer in Hong Kong. During his troubled teenage years in Hong Kong, Surez got into a street fight that changed his life. It was then he met a British Hong Kong police officer Danny Lawely and since then there has been no looking back. Lawely introduced the world of boxing to Surez at the age of fourteen in a bid utilize his energy in a positive way and keep him out of the dangers of the street. It is no surprise that Surez counts Coach Danny as his great influence.
The past year was an unforgettable one for Surez as he made his professional debut on the undercard of Ricky Hatton’s “Road To Glory”, the biggest boxing event that Hong Kong had ever seen. Surez won the match against Filipino boxer Roldan Bullong.
Operation Breakthrough, an organisation that aims to help and positively reinforce young people from diverse communities has been a big support to Surez. The young professional boxer recently graduated with a bachelors degree in Leisure and Event Management. Surez hopes to make professional boxing his career and has been inspired by his good friend Rex’s (Tso) boxing journey.
Surez was training at the ALA Boxing Gym in Cebu, Philippines for his upcoming professional fight taking place on Saturday 16th November at the Hong Kong Football Club however the fight night has been cancelled.
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Here’s a very short Q&A I did with Surez few days ago!!
Your biggest influence?
SG – I think my biggest influence is my coach Danny Lawely. He has been a great influence to me. Boxing has changed my life and if this man had not taught me boxing , I don’t know what I would be doing with my life right now.
What do your parents think of boxing?
SG – Well, dad never taught me boxing but he had few amateur fights in his early days so he has always been there to support me in every fight. My mom is proud but she cant see me fighting so she rarely comes down to support.
When you are not boxing, how do you like to spend time?
SG – When I am not boxing , I am always in the rugby field. Its another sport that I love the most after boxing.
When you are in the ring, what do you think of?
SG – When boxing , I’ll be thinking of a lot of tactics that I have worked on in training sessions and most importantly listen to the coach all the time. To pump me up, my coach usually says a few things about Gurkha warriors before I step up into the ring… that’s get me all fired up.
Wishing Surez all the best for his next fight and his journey ahead.Read More: Miss Hong Kong Nepal Parina Subba Supports Several Charities