Boxing: Sheeraz excited about second outing

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 November 2017

Hamza Sheeraz celebrates his victory over Duane Green at the Copper Box Arena (pic Scott Heavey/PA)

Hamza Sheeraz celebrates his victory over Duane Green at the Copper Box Arena (pic Scott Heavey/PA)

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Gants Hill teenager Hamzah Sheeraz is preparing for his second professional fight at the Copper Box Arena next Saturday (December 9).

The 18-year-old is set for another outing on a Frank Warren show, having made an impressive debut earlier this year.

Former Valentines High School pupil Sheeraz stopped durable Norwich rival Duane Green in the second round of their super-welterweight bout and admitted it was a special occasion.

“It was wicked. I had about 300 supporters there and the atmosphere was crazy,” said Sheeraz, who started boxing at the age of eight and had his first bout as an 11-year-old.

“Hopefully they will see a repeat performance, but it’s about getting more rounds under my belt.

“I’ve been working hard in training, waiting for a date, nothing too exciting.”

Sheeraz, who is sponsored by Saba Hotel in Shepherds Bush, is still waiting to learn the identity of his next opponent, on a bill that also sees Ilford light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde face Nikola Sjekloca for European and Inter Continental titles and Umar Sadiq have his second professional outing.

“I’m taking each step as it comes,” added Sheeraz, who is coached by Lenny Butcher at the Five Star gym in Harold Hill and names American fighter Terence Crawford as someone he looks up to.

“I’m up at 6.30am to go to the gym, then I come home and go for a run, then I do strength & conditioning at Crossfit Hackney. Sunday is my only day off.

“I enjoy it. There’s no pressure on me at the moment. I’m just learning. Not much is expected of me.”

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