There isn’t really such a thing
as typically German to me. I have grown up here
and got a connection to it. Maybe I am typically German too. When someone punches you,
it’s like a picture being taken right in front
“The boy with the iron fists.” I’m 18 years old now.
I was born and raised in Hamburg. It’s a good thing that I
started boxing at the age of 11. Many people I used to know
don’t know what to do with their lives. Many didn’t graduate
from high school. Many take drugs,
a few are in prison or are just hanging
around outside. I know my goals and
what I want to achieve. The man in red is
Peter Kadiru from Germany. He lives in Hamburg. Two 18-year-olds between
two super-heavyweight boxers. Left-hand success from Kadiru. The first time I got punched
really hard, I was shocked. How can he hit you this hard
in the face just like this? Into the third
and final round he goes. It’s all smiles on the face of the
German contingent. What a left hook from Kadiru! Four-punch combination. In the beginning, I honestly
didn’t like boxing at all. The training was too hard,
everything all together was too much for me. I thought,
“I can’t do this physically.” Also mentally, I wasn’t
as strong as I am now. What motivates me now is
boxing being the sport where you can show your real
fighting spirit and your real character. Through boxing, I’ve made
a lot of very good friends. Boxing has given me courage,
made me more self-confident and I’ve become
more mature as a person. No-one has ever insulted
me because of the colour of my skin at fights. In sports,
only your performance counts. Ghanaian families
are always very big. A big part lives here in Germany
and another big part in Ghana. I have two younger brothers,
Jason and Joel, and an older one Kevin. Most of the time
I was the youngest one because I was always hanging out
with my older brother. And I discovered boxing through him. When my mother came here,
she lived in an asylum centre. A bit later,
my big brother was born. I’ll put it like this –
it was very hard for her as she lived in East Germany. Immigrants weren’t that
popular there. She had to fight through
a lot in her life. I also had a few German friends,
not only foreigners! I also noticed that
German parents weren’t as strict with most things. When my mother said, “You gotta be home at 9 o’clock,”
I had to be there. I can’t speak my mum’s
mother tongue, Twi, as well as her because as a kid I didn’t
learn it that well. It’s always a shame when
relatives come to visit us. When people from Ghana look at me,
I’m the German one. When people from Germany see me
I am the African for them. I box for the German National Team. I’ve won a lot of
medals for Germany, and therefore I also feel German. Sometimes I do notice glances
from people that are a bit older, not so much from teenagers. When people stare at me,
it doesn’t really matter to me. They don’t know me, they don’t
know what kind of person I am. They don’t know that I speak the German language
as well as they do. In the last two years, I noticed
that the younger boxers ask me for advice. Some said, “You are my role model.” This is special for me because
I am relatively young. I have no idea what would’ve
happened to me. Maybe I would’ve become
a drug addict or gangster. But what I know right now is
that boxing is extremely important for my life. Peter Kadiru of Germany has just
been crowned as the Youth Olympic Champion
in the super heavyweight division.

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