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Luan’s glove story gets off to a winning start

05 April, 2018 — By Charlie Corbett

Luan Veras (right) with brothers Luca and Liam and their dad, Raphael

TALENTED martial artist Luan Veras has successfully added another string to his powerful bow after winning his first amateur boxing match.

The 13-year-old has often hit our sports pages for his successes in karate, judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Now he’s a winner in the ring, as well as on the mats, after winning his first bout through a unanimous decision when he fought at the Barking ABC and Peacock ABC Boxing Tournament, which was held at the East Ham Working Men’s Club just before Easter.

“I am very pleased with my performance,” said Luan after three minute-and-a-half rounds. “It was my first fight and I won by a unanimous decision so I am very happy.

“I’m looking to carry on with my boxing career and hopefully win more fights and, who knows, one day I may even become a professional.”

Luan’s youngest brother, Luca, 10, also appeared in the ring as he took part in a special skills bout, while the middle Veras brother, Liam, 12, hasn’t ruled out boxing in the very near future.

The boys are very much following in the footsteps of their parents, Raphael and Patricia, who are both karate champions and just as dedicated to training, competing and winning trophies.

“I think martial arts really brings us closer as a family,” said Raphael.

“We are creating a legacy with our name and, as the boys grow older, the expectation of the people gets bigger and bigger because of what we are building.

“I tell them not to focus too much on the pressure that our last name brings with it and that can only make us stronger as a family.”

To find out about the karate classes being held across Camden and Islington, visit the Veras Academy Facebook page.

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