This Mexican boxer was ‘begging’ on the streets before becoming an Olympic medalist
Mexican boxer Misael Rodriguez became a national hero this week after securing his country’s first and perhaps only medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The young middle weight boxer won a bronze medal for Mexico after beating Egypt’s Hosam Bakr Abdin. The Mexican pugilist will now face Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuzieve for the silver-medal boxing match on Thursday and a shot at the finals on Saturday.
But Rodriguez’s fight to get to the Olympics started long before Rio. A year ago he and some of his teammates took to the streets of Mexico City, hopping on buses at traffic lights to ask for spare change. The athletes had to resort to “begging” to raise money to compete in international boxing tournaments.