Elite English belt for teen dream Ismail Khan
In the world of boxing, the name ‘Khan’ has certainly grown in reputation, with Amir leading the way for namesakes the world over.
Today, one 18-year-old from Beeston is working hard to live up to the ‘Khan’ label, as Ismail continues to reach new heights in the amateur divisions.
The KBW trained boxer clinched his biggest victory to date last weekend after winning the 52kg Senior Elite English Title Belt against Hull ABC’s Ryan Gibbons.
Facing off at Rotherham’s Magna Centre, the pair clashed in front of a bumper crowd for the vacant title, with West Yorkshire’s representative eventually being awarded a unanimous point’s decision.
Khan, who had won the NABC national title back in December, knew that the fight with Gibbons would be a tough one with his Yorkshire compatriot previously winning the Haringey Box Cup Gold medal.
Despite the duo’s much-hyped fight, it was Khan who, competing in his first senior bout without a head-guard, was fastest out of the blocks.
Some lightning hand speed and brilliant footwork left Gibbons chasing the fight from the first bell, and in the end, the result was a clear win for Khan.
The Elite English belt is the latest accolade to join the young prospect’s growing collection and one which was made extra special with the support of his team.
“I am so over the moon with my achievement,” he said. “I have an amazing team at KBW, brilliant coaches and team mates that keep me motivated, and I wouldn’t be where I am without them all.
“A special thank you must go to my sponsor as well for their continued support.”
Khan will make the first defence of his belt on 20th February at Rainton Meadows, in county Durham, before sights turn to the senior ABA championships in April.