MMA News: Super Fight League rescues Manish Sikhre’s IMMAFF World Championship dream
Manish's father is a bus driver while his mother runs a newspaper stall
Desire meets its destiny! Something similar happened to Manish Sikhre, the 25-year-old Mixed Martial Artist from Mumbai who has been chosen as one of 10 fighters from India to represent the country at IMMAF’s World Championship event in Las Vegas.
Following a story published a few days back, Super Fight League planted seeds of hope and opportunity by supporting Manish financially to fulfil his dream. Manish Sikhre is among the 200 amateur competitors from 47 countries to be participating at the World Championship of Amateur Mixed Martial Arts on July 5, 2016 in Las Vegas.
Commenting on the occasion, Manish said, “I received a letter from AIMAA ( All India Mixed Martial Arts Association ) in February. I was very happy but the thought of managing the expenses for the trip let me down. My parents have been working hard since then to support me and I am really grateful to them, but their efforts also seem to go in vain as I was nearing the event date and was still short of funds substantially.”
“I am indebted to Super Fight League to come up and support my dreams. They came at the right moment when I was losing all my hopes. I wish to train hard and make my country proud and I promise to not let down Super Fight league promoters who have shown their trust in me.”
Manish started his karate lessons when he was in Class II. In the following five years, he earned his first degree black belt and from then he has never looked back. Till date, Manish has won 45 Gold medals at various state and national level championships.
He comes from a low-income family; his father is a BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport ) driver while his mother runs a newspaper stall. But both the parents have supported their kids immensely.
Manish is a qualified Diploma Holder while the younger brother is a school goer. His parents have encouraged Manish’s passion for MMA. Manish also conducts karate classes for young kids at a gym close to his house.
Bill Dosanjh, British Business Tycoon and one of the promoters at SFL said, “The news article threw up a very stark fact. Young Indians are dreaming big and wish to pursue their dreams but they struggle due to their financial condition. We are pleased to support Manish as we believe the power of dreams is the biggest. We look forward to his fight and hope Manish returns with glory.”
Super Fight League is an Indian Mixed Martial Arts promotion. The organisation was formed in 2012 by British business tycoon Bill Dosanjh and Olympic medallist and pro boxing champion Amir Khan.