Sheffield boxing brothers bid to stretch unbeaten records

Loua, left, and Ramzy Nassa fight at the Magna Centre on Sunday
Loua, left, and Ramzy Nassa fight at the Magna Centre on Sunday
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Ramzy and Loua, two of Sheffield’s seven-strong boxing-mad Nassa family, will both be in action at the Magna Centre on Sunday.

The eldest of the two – Ramzy, 21, turned pro early last year and has convincingly won all five of his fights at Super bantam weight and will take on St Helens’ Ian Halsall.

And Loua, 19, who has been fighting pro for the last six months, is also on a winning streak with three Bantam weight victories and will face Ricky Leach the 25-year-old from Kent.

“This fight will be a step up as it will be six rounds instead of four but I have upped my game with focus on fitness and sprints and I have quite a bit of experience I can take into the ring,” explained Ramzy who is studying Sports Science at Sheffield Hallam University.

“I feel I have an all-round excellent game and I’m able to adapt my shots and tactics to whatever is thrown at me. I won on points in my last fight so it would be great to get a clean knock out in this one.”

Loua, who will be competing over four rounds, added: “I’m still young and always learning from each fight but I can take a lot of confidence going in against Ricky because of my last performance.

“I am very fast and focused and in particular my jab worked very well for me so that’s something I will try to use. Also I work alongside Ramzy so I’ve also stepped up my stamina and skills recently which should give me the edge on Sunday.”

The bouting siblings currently train up to six hours a day at Firth Park where they are coached by former professional light middle-weight boxer Keith Palmer, who also trains their 20-year-old brother Pharys who will be fighting in May.

The head coach believes the brothers are set to break all manner of boxing records due to the “healthy competition” within the family.

“It’s so rare to be coaching a set of siblings and it’s very exciting for me because these boys really are something special and they are so dedicated to get to the very top of the profession,” the 44-year-old said.

“I want to be part of this journey and the boys want to show the world how good they are because they are all aiming to break records.”

Remarkably there could be seven of the boxing mad family in the ring as cheering on from the side on Sunday will be Hakeem, 17, and Raed, 16, who are also training and finally the ‘babies’ Zane, 8, and daughter Sama, three, both of whom already show an interest in the sport.

Father Ariff Nassa, a former kick-boxer, said: “The aim is for the children to be world champions. They want to show the world how good they are.”