11 Coronavirus patients have been discharged in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) after recovering from the disease. FCT Minister, Malam Muhammed Bello made the announcement on Sunday May 31, via his official Twitter handle. He further disclosed that the total number of discharged patients in the FCT is now […]
Vaggelis Chatzis’s life is considered by many the ultimate underdog story. After having his right forearm amputated from below the elbow when he was only a baby, he grew up to become the world’s only one-handed professional boxer.
Chatzis was born with a cancerous tumour in his right hand which would have ultimately killed him if doctors didn’t amputate part of his arm to stop the cells from spreading. He was only three months old at the time, so the young Greek has had to rely on his left hand alone for as long as he can remember.
Growing up was tough, as the other kids would often bully him and make fun of his three-fingered prosthetic hand, calling him things like Captain Hook. That caused him to grow up into a very angry young man, and that anger got him in a lot of trouble. He started hanging out with the wrong crowd, spent his nights drinking and partying, and got into fights a lot. But then he discovered boxing and he fell in love.
Despite missing a hand, Vaggelis Chatzis showed a real talent for boxing, which combined with his innate determination to overcome challenges made him a force to be reckoned with in the ring. His trainers found a way to attach a boxing glove to his shorter arm, so even though he had just one hand, he could actually punch with both. A southpaw, Chatzis adopted an unconventional boxing style, which many times caught opponents off-guard.
On his way to becoming the world’s only one-handed boxer, Vaggelis Chatzis had to overcome several challenges, including the medical board’s reluctance to issue the necessary paperwork. But the young Greek had been fighting against the odds all his life, and never gave up. In 2015, he made his professional boxing debut in Athens, in front of a crowd of over 3,000 people, including his family. He won by unanimous decision and made boxing history.