By: Sean Cross
By all accounts, Lebanon is an ancient and physically beautiful country. Unfortunately, the country has become a land of many sufferings. Those who come from countries in crisis, however, often have strong ties to their communities of origin, because they can find strength in a sense of unity. This is certainly the case for Lebanese super middleweight Nadim Sallom. A colorful, likable person, 8-1 Salom will bring many Lebanese fans to a fight anytime and anywhere. With that in mind, there will no doubt be a high level of Lebanese fans in Times Square at Sony Hall this Thursday, which is why Salom is coming off a 4-0 loss against Leandro Capozuco in a scheduled 6-round affair.
Indeed, Salloum Lebanese fans can come from places like Montreal and Miami to see Salloum in action. “We have a strong country,” he says. This fact is one of the reasons Salom is a man on a mission. In his own words, the 28-year-old wants to offer “something that gives us hope.” What is most remarkable about Salom is that its reach extends beyond the Lebanese population itself. His message is simple. “You can dream wherever you come from.” He believes this is true of all people. For example, Lebanon is not known for boxing. In fact, Salom is the world’s first Lebanese born and raised boxer in recent memory (at least).
“I have the right to be what I want,” he said. But in order to achieve his dream, the man has to continue his path in victory. It’s not because he lacks determination. Salom has literally traveled the world to make it as a top professional boxer. His first trip was to Mexico. “I lived in a boxing gym in Mexico City,” he says. “I was willing to live on the streets.” Salom made it right to the States, the center of boxing in Los Angeles. Now, he says, “I’m mostly in New York.” Another boxing platform.
The amazing thing about Salom is that he is a naturally colorful person who tells the same boring story you’ve heard a million times before, but makes it interesting. Such a gift of skilled communication – and especially useful for boxers, who hope to take their trade seriously. “I was born that way,” Salom says of his boldness and flamboyant personality. Now, in “The City That Never Sleeps,” Salome feels entitled as an individual at home. “Man, I’m driving New York City crazy!” he shouted happily.
In fact, Salomu has a lot to be happy about right now. Not only is his focus expanding around him, but he also has a whole nation behind him. “Imagine fighting for the World Cup,” he says of his fans.
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