Bradford’s burgeoning Muay Thai scene could have unearthed two more stars, with Owais Khan and Sohail Khan both making impressive debuts.
The duo are the latest fighters to roll off the conveyor belt of talent at Abusin’s Muay Thai in the past few years.
Head coach and former British Champion Alex Abusin has been nurturing a talented stable of young fighters at his Killinghall Road base and has high hopes for his two young Khans.
Owais Khan showed no sign of nerves as he dominated Huddersfield’s Dane Wright at 74kg.
20-year-old Khan demonstrated excellent control of range and ring control to canter to an impressive points win. He is huge at the weight, highly skilled and demonstrated control and composure beyond his years.
His namesake Sohail Khan’s first outing was an altogether different affair, however, as he and his experienced opponent, Ben Ashton, engaged in a wild three-round brawl. Khan had to climb from the canvas during a chaotic first round where both fighters were intent on landing power shots.
“The action rarely relented in rounds two and three, bringing the Wakefield crowd to its feet as both fighters hunted a finish.
“Remarkably, despite the ferocity of the action, the judges were left to determine the outcome, with Ashton edging a wafer-thin split decision but both fighters emerged with immense credit.
“We’ve high hopes for both these lads,” commented Abusin. “They’re both dedicated trainers, who live the life and are always keen to learn. We’ll look to keep them both active but the sky is the limit for the pair of them.”
Both fighters are expected to be back in action in October, when their teammate and reigning European K1 champion, Harris Hussain, is also expected to make his long awaited return.