Amazing 13-Year-Old Boxing & MMA Prodigy


[MUSIC] ADRIAN: Since he was a little baby, he loved
to punch. RESHAT: When I get in the ring, I see a guy
in front of me, I just keep going. I don’t stop. Even if it hurts, I don’t stop. ADRIAN: Reshat is ranked number one in boxing
and number one in the world in kickboxing. He’s undefeated in MMA, he’s undefeated in
muay thai. He has like twenty two championship belts. RESHAT: Right now, I’m five two, one hundred
and three pounds. SOSA: The kid is only thirteen years old and
he’s so good that sometimes it’s very hard to get him a fight. Nobody really wants to
fight him. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] ADRIAN: Reshat trains like five day a week,
two and a half hours a day. He goes to school, comes home, does his homework, eat, then we
head out to the boxing gym. SOSA: I tell my kids this is a very physical
hard sport. You gotta train your body so when you get hit it won’t hurt as much. I’ve known
Reshat two years, but he’s been doing kickboxing and jiu jitsu before that. ADRIAN: Since he was a little baby, he loved
to punch. At age five, Reshat started competing with jiu jitsu and submission grappling and
he basically won every competition he competed in. As he got a little bit older, the kickboxing
matches started coming in and MMA fights started coming in. He liked the most MMA, a combination
of all mixed martial arts, but in New York it’s not allowed for kids, even for adults
so we had to travel all over the country to find him fights. It’s easier to find boxing
in New York so if you cannot get any other fights, we started doing boxing. Now, he’s
a four years in a row world kickboxing champion. He’s a junior olympic boxing champion. He’s
a North American submission grappling champion and Grapplers Quest jiu jitsu champion. He’s
undefeated in MMA, he’s undefeated in muay thai. He’s ranked number one in the world
in kickboxing and he’s ranked number one in boxing in the United States hundred pound
division. SOSA: What makes Reshat special? He’s willing
to mix it up. He don’t run, he wants to fight and that’s what makes him special. He stays,
he’s not afraid to get hit. RESHAT: I can fight different ways. If they
can brawl, I’ll brawl with them. If they’ll try to fight technical, I’ll fight technical
back. They call me Albanian Bear. SOSA: His sparring partner which is Harley
Medros, he’s also a Silver Glove National Champion so it’ll be a good spar. He’ll be
sparring maybe six, seven hours with him. RESHAT: Amazing fighter. Really really talented.
Me and him both won the Silver Gloves this year. Hopefully, we’re gonna back this year
and win it again. ADRIAN: My father was a boxer and he taught
boxing to me. I have a son, I teach it to my son, but it’s a lot of frustration coaching
your own kid. You expect way more than any other kid. RESHAT: My father teaches me like how to punch,
what to do when the situation. Also, he cares about me. He’s always taking care of me, you
know. SOSA: Reshat does get a little nervous before
a fight, but it’s not cause he knows he’s going to lose or he knows he’s gonna do bad.
He don’t wanna look bad in front of his dad. RESHAT: When I’m with my father and he goes,
“stop, you get hit too much. Pick your hands up!” that’s the kind of things that I get
kind of intimidated, like scared of, because I want to prove to my father I’m good enough
to box. [MUSIC] ADRIAN: Reshat. [MUSIC] ADRIAN: Reshat. ADRIAN: Every time he goes to a fight, to
a ring, I worry he’s gonna get hurt and also I don’t want anybody else to get hurt, you
know? Because they’re kids. It is a hard sport, but it’s been there since the beginning of
time. Any contact sport, you get injuries. Accidents happen. RESHAT: I don’t think of like having like
brain trauma I think if you keep getting hit in the head. What I need to do is keep my
hands up so I don’t have to worry about that happening. If I don’t keep my hands up, it’s
my problem. ADRIAN: Nobody wants to see his kid get hit
so I try to make him not to be an easy target. If I see that my son is getting hit hard or
he’s losing the fight badly, I’m stopping the fight. There’s no need to get to a point
that he gets hurt. [WHISTLE BLOWS] [CLAPPING] ADRIAN: From a boxing gym from Flatbush we’re
going to a kickboxing gym which is in Staten Island to continue our training, so that’s
long hours and that’s five days a week actually. RESHAT: If I keep working on it, you know,
in my heart and in my head I know that I can end up being on top. ADRIAN: Everybody has his dreams. You wanna
be the best? You gotta put up your time. [MUSIC] [WHISTLE] Here we go! [MUSIC] ADRIAN: Akmal who teaches kickboxing is from
Uzbekistan and is a two-time world champion at kickboxing. In the beginning he was doing
it old school and he was putting these kids through torture, but they told him in America
it’s called child abuse so he had to switch the training a little bit. It became way softer.
In the beginning it was hard, that’s what I liked and that’s why I enrolled Reshat in
it. RESHAT: I have to train, I have to train hard
every single day. I’ve got mostly all my life trying to be on top. If I keep going with
that I could end up getting famous off of what I want to do most and it’s boxing and
MMA. [MUSIC] ADRIAN: Reshat can’t wait until he becomes
fifteen, sixteen so he can advance to that Olympic trials and make it to the USA team.
If you’re an amateur fighter, Olympics is the top championship. After that, it’s the
pros. RESHAT: I want to become a fighter, you know.
A pro boxer or a pro MMA fighter. Maybe both. You just have to stay focused. ADRIAN: I’m hoping to be the best he can be.
It doesn’t matter where. Boxing, MMA, kickboxing or whatever he decides to do. SOSA: Good kid. Very good boxer, very good
kickboxer, and I believe he will be a great great professional fighter. ADRIAN: As a fighter you want to be a champion
and Reshat was a fighter from the beginning. I didn’t make him a fighter. He was born a
fighter. RESHAT: Subscribe to THNKR or I’ll knock you

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