As Tonga's Lomalito Moala continues to suffer as Road to London hits its third week, the popular Lomu is reaping the benefits of Head Coach Colin Jones' gruelling schedule. Embracing the pain of unrelenting sessions, the 22-year-old is discovering not only new levels of fitness but that with a return to basics with simple but effective technical drills, previous weaknesses have become strengths.
Morning run distances have doubled but the Lightweight Tongan feels fresher than he did in the first couple of days of the three-week program. The cold in Cardiff is no longer an issue and with both the body and the mind feeling stronger, he is ready for the intensity to be cranked up once more.
Variation in the workouts has kept all the participants keen and interested, the tutelage of Colin Jones has really made the athletes realise the requirements needed to become top level boxers. The atmosphere has also remained fantastic with great camaraderie within the group, a good mix of friendship and rivalry has seen everyone push themselves to their limits.
"As a fighter you want to progress and keep learning, the coaching set up here in Wales has really helped everyone reach new levels. We have practised many new moves, adding a wide range of skills to our arsenal", declared Lomu proudly, "Colin Jones cannot stress enough that the basic techniques of combination punching and defence are what win you fights".
The charismatic Tongan also added that, "If you improve just that one percent, that could be the difference between qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics Games or watching them at home". He then praised the locals for the constant support towards the athletes and was bowled over by the reception they received from the media, giving him a taste of what life could be like if he did book his place for the biggest show on Earth this summer.
"You want to be recognised for the hard work you put in as you are not only doing this for yourself but you are doing it both for your family and most importantly for your country. I feel in the best shape of my life and I am eager to put all I have learned into practise at the upcoming AIBA Oceania Olympic Qualifying Event in Australia, it will be amazing", beamed Lomu.
The Road to London is currently being held at the University of Cardiff, Wales, where 64 boxers and 14 coaches from developing countries are learning from the very best in the business.
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