Former IMMAF Junior World Champion Mahboob Khan is seeking the support from Indian Government to continue his MMA career.
Mahboob, who is the first and only Indian fighter to win an IMMAF World Championship gold medal, revealed that he was driving a taxi to meet the expenses in an interview with ANI.
"I was a taxi driver earlier and part-time worker in a clothing store to fulfill the basic needs of my family. My interest in MMA began when I first saw my friend training, and later with the help of my trainer Sheikh Khalid, I have come this far," Mahboob Khan told ANI.
He went on to request support from the Central Government so that he can represent the nation and win more medals.
"It has been only four years training during which at the age of 20 years, I bagged International Gold Medal representing India in 2018 IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation) defeating Bahrain, Kazakhstan, and Australia. I am the first and only Indian who has bagged an International Gold Medal for the Country in Mixed Martial Arts till now. I request the Government of India to support me to participate in more International fights and win for the country,” he added.
His last outing in the IMMAF World Championship came back in 2019 where he secured a win over Australia's Troy Fumo. Mahboob, who is based out of Hyderabad, trains under Shaik Khalid and had also picked up multiple wins in the Indian domestic circuit as well over the past few years.
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