Zahir Akram (Pic left) who is set for his first amateur boxing bout in Bradford
Local Bradford school boy set to follow his dream and take part in first fight
14-year-old local schoolboy Zahir Akram is set to follow his dream and take part in his first amateur boxing fight in Bradford on Friday.
The Bradford boy wonder has been fighting for two and a half years, and has been training very hard to get in shape for his first fight and lose weight.
The student of Bradford Academy has been putting in the hard yards to be ready for the bout in Bradford on Friday 6th at the Bradford hotel which is to start at 7pm.
He has been doing double sessions after school which has included boxing sessions and then he has even gone to the gym to do additional extra training.
The up and coming fighter who trains at Laisterdyke Boxing Club is set to take on a fighter from Dewsbury, he is said to be ‘looking forward’ to his first amateur fight, but he is a little bit nervous and overwhelmed with all the attention he has received but is confident still.
The young talent has received lots of backing from local businesses who have sponsored his first fight including; Letz talk, Mumtaz Leeds, Kamrans Solicitors, Letz Move and Marlborough car garage.
Zahir has even received good luck messages and support from his boxing idol Usman ‘Uzzy’ Ahmed who was known for his infamous walk on dance. He has been giving the Bradford born boxer words of advice and encouragement.
Floyd Mayweather who is regarded by many as the best boxer of his generation will come out of retirement to take on Irish UFC star Conor McGregor.
The eagerly anticipated bout will take place in Las Vegas on August 26th, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena with both fighters expected to receive an eye watering £78.5 million each regardless of the outcome.
Previously retired Mayweather will be returning to the ring to take on the precocious UFC talent in McGregor in what is a mismatch on paper with many predicting a one-sided affair.
The American who has never been defeated in his professional boxing career is looking to make it an impressive 50th win in his 50th professional bout, which has included an impressive 26 Knockouts.
The notorious Irishman, will make his professional boxing debut having won 21 out of 24 UFC fights but this will be a whole different proposition entering the ring with the undefeated boxing great.
McGregor has never taken part in any form of professional boxing before and will be up against it. The only other British fighter to take on Mayweather was Ricky Hatton and he was beaten in the 10th round.
Manny Pacquiao has lined up his next opponent, announcing he is negotiating an upcoming fight with Amir Khan.
A date and location for the bout are still to be determined, but Pacquiao said recently his next fight would take place in the United Arab Emirates.
That was contrary to a supposed deal for the Filipino to defend his welterweight title against Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane in April.
Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said speaking to ESPN:"The Australian deal is not going to happen now because Manny is trying to get a fight done in the United Arab Emirates and the people there favour him fighting Amir Khan," he said.
Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, said a fight with Khan will take place "maybe in April or maybe June, but not May".
Pacquiao, 38, last fought in Las Vegas on 5th November, defeating Jessie Vargas to reclaim the welterweight world title.
Khan, 30, has not fought since May 2016 - a sixth-round knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez.
A potential card with Brit Khan in the UAE has drawn an offer for $38million, Arum said, but there is still some skepticism over whether a deal gets done.
"Whether it will happen or not I just don't know because they have to come up with a large amount of money.”
Amir 'King' Khan always believed that he would get the chance of a legacy fight.
Despite the disappointing setbacks of the failed Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao super fights, he always remained defiant.
Amir, a two time world champion, is now just hours away from his eagerly anticipated showdown with Mexican super star Canelo Alvarez on 7th May, with the two fighters set to do battle at the newly built T-Mobile arena for the highly prized World Boxing Council middleweight championship.
SUPER-FIGHT: Khan Vs Alvarez is one of the most highly anticipated match-ups of the year
As always this falls on the Mexican holiday weekend which is a commemoration of the unlikely victory of the Mexican army in 1862 against the French at the battle of Puebla. Worth noting, this date has been a Floyd Mayweather Jnr fight weekend for the last several years.
King Khan always believed and was never in doubt that such an opportunity like this would present itself, and boisterously blasted out that he knew such a super fight was always just around the corner.
WARRIOR KINGS: Amir Khan will aim to upset the odds as he goes head-to-head with Mexican Canelo Alvarez
“This always kept me going kept me focussed and moving forward,” he said. “The time has come now with Canelo and I look to create my own legacy.
“As I have said before I want to take on someone who is one of the very best out there.”
Amir, a welterweight, will move up two weight divisions to take on power punching Canelo, which in its self is a mighty task that some would say folly, but Khan is a fighter and like a poker player he is about to put all his $1,000 chips in.
Khan talking deadly serious said: “This is a tougher fight than against a Mayweather or Pacquiao because of the size difference but I love that sort of challenge.
“I am going in there to give everything and to prove this is where I belong. I have done some great work in the gym for this camp and I will be ready to go as soon as the bell rings to start the fight.
“Canelo is a great champion, we are both in our primes, both very skilled operators and I will need to be at my very best to beat him.
“Having said that I believe he needs to be at his very best to beat me. In most peoples’ eyes I am seen as the betting underdog for this fight but I know deep down that I can win it and I am ready to go and prove myself at this level.”
Khan says he is undaunted when it comes to entering the hostile reception that awaits him in the Mexican’s Lion’s den.
He expects a sizeable crowd of British fans making the trip across to be just as voluble.
DESTRUCT AND DESTROY: Canelo is the top ranked middleweight in the world
“British fight fans are the best around,” he added. “They can out sing anyone and they will make themselves heard - that’s for sure on fight night.
“I am not bothered how many fans he has in the arena but I know the travelling fans from Britain - their support will be incredible.
“It is going to give me an extra boost hearing them and seeing them. I want to do this for the UK and keep British boxing on the high that we have been experiencing of late.”
THE KING MAKER: Oscar De La Hoya
Manners Corner: Khan Vs Canelo
Wow! Can you believe it! It's here, it's on!
Will it be business as usual for the big punching Canelo or will it be a shaking of the world, a shock upset win for the super fast Khan.
They always say a good big one beats a good small one. I'm not so sure about that when speed and superior boxing is involved.
The question is should Khan trade with Canelo (which in my opinion, for what it’s worth, would be boxing suicide) rather than use his god given speed and out-box the ferocious puncher such as Alvarez who is known for struggling with fast, flexible and slick fighters. Khan, to me, wins hands down and easily.
GAME PLAN: Can Khan focus and carry out coach Hunter’s master plan?
But can Canelo, with his superior strength and previous experience of big time super fights, the bench mark being going the distance with the best fighter of our modern day era the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jnr, nullify the Khan speed factor?
Like an annoying mosquito can he crush the young pretender into a KO coma? To me it is a 50/50 fight but the bookies beg to differ as they have the smart money on a Canelo Alvarez victory.
Me, personally, if Khan cannot outbox and bamboozle Alvarez to a standstill or knock him out he loses on points which is nothing to be ashamed of as Amir is fighting against the boxing powerhouse promoting machine of Oscar Del Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, the Las Vegas judges and the influence of the Mexican partisan crowd. Last but not least, he is up against the 'A' side of the card the formidable Canelo Alvarez who has everything going in his favour. Now this is a big ask.
Amir Khan must be brave, clever, ferocious and speedy quick as Canelo only has to get lucky once and it is over.
Amir needs to focus and summon up all the inner strength he can muster and copy the example of the reigning undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson Fury
He threw caution to the wind and stuck to a well thought out and disciplined game plan and shocked the world with victory over Klitschko.
Here we have the same situation, different boxer i.e. Amir 'King' Khan. I have a sneaky feeling Khan and his wise coach, Virgil Hunter, can do just that.
RESILIENT: Amir Khan says the blame lies with Manny Pacquiao’s camp as to why a fight between himself and the welterweight champ never materialised
Khan points finger at Pacquiao camp for missed opportunity
Former world champion, Amir Khan, has hit out at claims made by Manny Pacquiao which suggested a fight never materliasled between the pair due to the involvement of ‘middle men’.
Khan, who is yet to name an opponent for 2016, was overlooked as the next challenger for the legendary Philippine boxer, who will face off against Timothy Bradley Jr before retiring form the sport.
Comments made by Pacquiao had said that
In a statement released on Friday, the Bolton boxer dismissed such rumours.
He said: “I have read recent comments by Manny Pacquiao stating that the reason a fight between us never happened was because of ‘middle men’ in my team - this is totally inaccurate and false.
“The only people negotiating on my behalf, as with all my fights, were my father Shah, uncle Taz and lawyer Robert Davis. They dealt directly with Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum and adviser Michael Koncz.
“An initial meeting took place last September between Bob Arum and my uncle and lawyer in London. This was at the direct request of Bob Arum. The negotiations went well to the extent that a ‘Heads of Terms’ was signed and sent from my lawyer to Bob Arum.
“My team was told by Bob Arum that it was a choice between either Terence Crawford or myself and dates in April were being explored with the fight to take place in Las Vegas or Qatar.
“Since September of last year my team had been in direct contact with Pacquiao’s team, spoke with them and met them face-to-face, so to state that middle men prevented the fight from happening is not true at all.”
Khan added that he held Pacquiao in the ‘highest regard’ following a career spanning over two decades, in which he became the number one welterweight in the world as well as a ‘people’s champion’.
Still, Khan remains adamant that he was willing to fight him in what he says would have been a ‘more dangerous’ bout for the outgoing 37-year-old.
“His team knew a fight between us would be a very dangerous one for him and best avoided,” Khan said.
“Freddie [Roach], who has trained us both, knows how our sparring sessions used to go and with me having filled out more now as a welterweight, getting bigger and stronger, makes a fight with Bradley – who Pacquiao in most opinions has beaten twice - a much easier option.
“I want to make the best fights for the fans and it was neither my team nor a lack of desire from my end which prevented a fight with Pacquiao from happening – that rests squarely on Team Pacquiao.”