‘A year to prove myself’
After back-to-back defeats at the end of 2013, Adil Anwar’s flourishing boxing career took a huge body blow, yet now, with a full year ahead of him, he vows to come back stronger and better than ever before.
At just 26-years-old, the ‘Platinum Kid’ certainly has time on his side, and his loyal followers will, no doubt, continue to support their Yorkshire battler.
However, if he is ever to get back into contention for a British title, the Leeds ace will have to ensure 2014 begins in a different way than his previous year finished.
He said: “2014 is a year to prove myself once again worthy of a British Title, I will be working harder than ever to achieve my goal.
“I need to get back on track and prove to everyone that I am a great fighter and the set back is all a part of the journey. At the end of the day, you win some; you lose some, that's boxing for you. What matters is how you come back.
“I'm determined to show the boxing world what I'm capable of doing. Last year didn't end how I wanted it to but that's all in the past.
“I'm focussed on what is ahead and what must be done in order to get there, which is to, eat, sleep and live boxing.”
His loss at the hands of Simone Lucas in his last outing in September came as a shock to many in the boxing world, with the former Prizefighter winner losing on home soil to the Nottingham fighter.
Since then, he has been forced to return to work, training alongside his day-job, yet it has only acted as motivation for Anwar, who vows to make it up to all his supporters and himself.
“I want to show the local fans why they should continue supporting me and show them the difference that their support makes,” he said. “I have the most loyal supporters who have been there through the wins and the losses.
“It has been difficult [returning to work], but nothing I can't handle and that's how I started before winning Prizefighter. It's a lot of hard work but...it makes my aims and goals much clearer and gives me more motivation to reach them.”
Anwar’s next bout is set to take place at the same venue where he suffered defeat last time out, at the Leeds United Banqueting Suite, Elland Road, on the 28th March.
Despite no opponent yet being named, the light-welterweight boxer says he is ‘hungrier’ than ever before for victory, and knows that this fight is the perfect chance to kick-start his rise back to the top.