Samir Furqan went down 2 rounds to 0 to Turkey's Mustafa Korkusuz in the Men's 56kg Division at the 4th World Junior Wushu Championships in Macau, China. The 18-year old Cedarbridge Academy student fought a very close first round which surprisingly went in favor of the Turkish fighter. Furqan caught a kick to the groin in the second round that appeared to cause his pace to fade. In international San Shou rules fighters are only given 10 seconds to recover from a kick to the groin area. In addition to this the 10 seconds is only awarded if clearly requested by the fighter.
Head Coach Garon Wilkinson said, "Furqan fought extremely well. In fact this was by far his best performance to date. We knew that Turkey was going to be a tough opponent however we were disappointed not to win the first round. Both Sentwali Woolridge and I felt that he was the dominant fighter and scored more points. It was unfortunate that he caught the kick to the groin in the second round. He just his lost his spark after that kick. At the end of the day we are extremely pleased with his performance."
"The level of fighting at this world junior level is unbelievable. It is sometimes hard to believe that these athletes are between the ages of 15 and 18. It is also great to see countries experiencing political unrest such as Iran, Egypt. Syria, China and Japan taking part and putting their differences aside for the love of wushu.
Furqan is due to fight again on October 13th at "All or Nothing - WBC & WBA Middleweight Championship" where Teresa Perozzi will take on American Tori Nelson. Assistant coach Sentwali Woolridge will be featured as one of the main events when he takes on Canada's Dan Kechego.