Sheffield fighter desperate to win first title

Peter Cope (gold shorts) v Qasim Hussain
Peter Cope (gold shorts) v Qasim Hussain

Arbourthorne boxer Qasim Hussain believes the longer format of the sport will suit him.

The super-featherweight, aged 20, faces his first eight-round title fight against Oxford’s Leo D’Erlanger at the city’s Octagon centre tomorrow for the British Masters Bronze title.

The youngster, trained by Sean Thickett, has spent the majority of his career on the road and has earned plaudits if not results.

Just one win and two draws with five losses is little to show for his career so far. He claims that this is all set to change.

He said: “I’ve boxed a lot in the away corner against unbeaten kids. Ideally I’d have liked to have built up a good record at home but that’s not always possible. The best I’ve performed was in a six rounder against Peter Cope and I should have got something from that.

“I’ve also boxed Femi Fehintola who has been a national champion so I’ve served a harder apprenticeship than a lot of others my age.”

Hussain admits he has had problems sticking to healthy foods but with time to prepare for this fight, in a busy gym, he feels he’s in shape.

“I’ve always trained hard and done my runs but the dieting is something I struggle with,” he said.

“There were four of us in the gym getting ready for title fights (Qasim, Sam Matkin, Ben Davies and Ryan Hardy) so we want four wins. We’ve also Lee Connelly in too and the sparring with him we could have charge to watch.”

Hussain’s stablemate, Sam Matkin, takes on city rival Dale Hutchinson in a main event scheduled for 10 rounds and the Masters belt at light-welterweight. Broomhill brothers Pharys and Ramzy Nassa join the professional ranks on the show. They are trained by Lane Top’s Keith Palmer.