Gants Hill boxer Ramez Mahmood looking to add another W to the results column at York Hall this weekend
PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 September 2017
Newham-born maths teacher is hoping to be an inspiration for local kids by dividing his time between work and chasing boxing titles
Ramez Mahmood’s boxing career may still be in its infancy, but the Gants Hill resident has big plans ahead of his fourth professional fight on Saturday.
The local maths teacher will take on Stefan Sashov at York Hall this weekend looking to maintain his 100 per cent record and aim to conclude his first year in the sport with another victory.
Mahmood, 23, only completed his first pro fight on September 24 2016, yet has already mapped out his plan for the featherweight division.
“Every boxer gets in the sport to conquer the world stage, and if you don’t believe in yourself then you are in the wrong sport,” he said.
“After a few more bouts, I would like to fight for the Southern Area title, then move onto the English title by the end of next year.
“I would love to win the British title outright within my career as well and then move through the levels.”
Mahmood is currently dividing his time between training at Pro SW Gym and teaching pupils at Epping Forest College, although not all of his students know what he does outside of working hours.
But he is hoping to inspire local residents and show what can be done if you manage your schedule well.
“Not all of my pupils actually know I box, but there are many who have randomly googled my name and found content on me boxing,” said Newham-born Mahmood. “I think they enjoy it and for many of them it gives them someone to look up to and I can tell them my story.
“To become a teacher and a pro athlete requires exceptional time management and that is something I am trying to explain to my pupils who struggle to juggle homework and work and everything else they do!”
If Mahmood is to fulfil his boxing dreams, he’ll need to deliver the goods on Saturday on a Goodwin Boxing promotion which sees Southern Area cruiserweight Wadi Camacho take on Ossie Jervier.
Battling for big titles is the dream for the local fighter, who has beaten Daniils Kucurs, Jules Phillips and Luke Fash during his short career, and he is ready to impress again.
Mahmood added: “I am feeling fantastic. I’ve had a brilliant training camp and left no stone unturned.
“My opponent Stefan is a tough man, so it has the making to be a good fight for the crowd to watch.
“I have been delighted with the way things have gone so far and all the fights I’ve had have been against opponents with massively different styles.
“I have learned something new from every battle and I’ve seen myself improve so much with every experience I’ve gained from my three fights.”
If Ramez ‘The Mathmagician’ Mahmood wants to have his name read out in front of bumper crowds, he’ll have to add another W to his results column this weekend, but you can bet one thing, he would have done his homework!