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From football dreams to boxing glory: The Journey of John Zile

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By: Nana Kwame Bediako 

In an exclusive interview on GTV Sports Plus’s Studio 5, John Zile, a UBO International Super Bantamweight Champion, opened up about his remarkable journey in the world of sports. Reflecting on his early passion for football and the eventual switch to boxing, Zile shared insights into his life experiences, the challenges he faced, and the determination that led him to become a world champion.

Growing up in Tuobodom, in the Bono East region, Zile had a deep passion for football. In search of opportunities, he left Tuobodom for a trial at Charity Academy, but fate had different plans for him. “I had a knack for football growing up, but moving forward and going for justification, I wasn’t selected,” he recalled.

It was in 2019 that Zile’s journey in boxing began. Initially, he trained with a beginner coach, but his potential was soon recognised, and Osibor Boxing Management took him under their wing. The transition from football to boxing was not without its challenges, but Zile’s resilience and dedication paid off. His coaches played a crucial role in shaping his career, instilling in him the mindset of a champion.

“Right from day one, I knew I was going to be a world champion. My coaches always advise me not to be merciful to my opponent; they say when I’m going for the kill, I should kill it,” Zile confidently stated. 

This relentless drive and uncompromising attitude in the ring have been keys to his success. Zile’s journey from a football hopeful to a UBO International Super Bantamweight Champion is a testament to his unwavering commitment and the power of believing in oneself. His journey underscores the importance of perseverance, adaptability, and the courage to pursue one’s dreams, even when the path is not straightforward. 

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