Sheffield boxer plans revenge win for city buddy

Muheeb Fazeldin in full flow
Muheeb Fazeldin in full flow

Muheeb Fazeldin is confident he will avenge the defeat of a Sheffield boxing pal - and bring the Commonwealth title to Sheffield, a week tomorrow.

The bantamweight takes on South African Klaas MBoyane at the Magna Centre - the same fighter who beat Ross Burkinshaw at the Rotherham venue in May.

“People think he stopped Ross, but he didn’t” said Fazeldin, from Burngreave. “Ross had to stop because of an elbow injury after four rounds.

“That’s the fact, but I am not disrespecting or underestimating the African brother.

“He is a come forward fighter who caused an upset last time he was over here and is a strong competitor.

“But I can tell you 100 per cent that I am going to beat him and bring this great title to Sheffield.

“I used to train with Ross before he won his English title and we are mates. It will be good to get some revenge for another Sheffield fighter.”

Fazeldin, 22, has a W7 L0 D1 record - so he has done well to be in the shout for such a prestigious belt.

He won the Central Area title at the same weight in February and is now hungry for more.

“Winning the Commonwealth will be a dream come true for me, and should open up a lot of doors” said the fighter, who is trained by Ali Hamed.

“In my last fight, I beat (Latvian) Dmitrijs Gutmans - a boxer who had never been stopped before.

“I have seen the progression happening, and I have got to this stage through a lot of hard work, blood and sweat.

“My training camp has been perfect and I am physically and mentally prepared. I have a tunnel vision ahead of this fight.”

Fazeldin, a southpaw, has stopped his last two opponents and feels the time is right for him to get his share of the limelight.

“The Commonwealth title will put me into the world rankings, and that is where I want to be” he said.

“I am coming out of the shadows...this is my time to shine.”