Sheffield boxing prospect ready for first title

Muheeb Fazeldin pictured with his team after defeating Barrington Brown.
Muheeb Fazeldin pictured with his team after defeating Barrington Brown.

Kid Galahad was one of the first to congratulate Sheffield superbantamweight pal Muheeb Fazeldin when he clocked up his fifth straight win last Sunday.

His praise was music to the ears of the young Burngreave boxer who trained with him for nine years.

Galahad, hopefully, is heading towards world title status. And while Fazeldin would be delighted if his buddy achieved that, he draws the line about suggestions he wants to mirror Kid’s career. “He is a friend and was very supportive of me and ofcourse I want him to win a world title, but I do not consider myself as wanting to follow his path” said Fazeldin who outpointed Redford’s Barrington Brown, in a six-rounder at the Octagon.

“I only want to follow my own path. I want to get there on my own. My team decide how I do that and how I will get there. There is a lot of talent in this country at superbantam, like Kid and Carl Frampton, but I am not that far away. I also have a lot of options. I am comfortable at fighting at bantam, super bantam or featherweight - so I will take the path that suits me best.”

Fazeldin, 21, said Brown’s record marked him out as a dangerous opponent. “His losses had been to quality boxers like Jazza Dickens. He was about six pounds heavier than me but from the third round I started pressuring him and could have stopped him later on. I want to fight again in February, hopefully for an IBO youth title. I always want to stay busy and have improved my power and balance a lot in the last 18 months.

“My trainer Ali Hamed never tries to change your style, he just sharpens you up to get the best out of you.”

*Sheffield heavyweight Richard Towers recorded his first win under trainer Adam Booth, at Bethnal Green and then paid tribute to his opponent. He tweeted: “I fought a Croatian fella really tough kid #creditdue” he said after outpointing Hrvoje Kisicek at Bethnal Green.

The 35-year-old moved to won 15 (KO 12) lost 1 (KO 1.)