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Future boxing champ from Keighley may never fight again because of leaking blood vessel in brain
11:00am Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
A talented boxer tipped as a future champion might never fight again after suffering a life-threatening brain injury.
Thirteen-year-old Danish Muhammad, of Keighley, trained regularly over six years at Bury Amateur Boxing Club in Greater Manchester, before the injury dashed his hopes of a career in the ring.
His team-mates, family and friends have rallied round the youngster and expressed their relief that he is home from hospital.
Danish’s father, Shahid Saleem, said: “Boxing isn’t important when something as serious as this happens and we’re all relieved that it wasn’t more serious.”
Inspired by the boxing success of his older brother, Ali, Danish began training at Bury ABC at the age of seven and had his first bout aged 11.
Danish, who has a record of 24 wins in 25 fights, is a national schoolboy champion and had been selected to fight in the European Schoolboy Championships in Anapa, western Russia, on October 5.
But he fell ill a few days before his big trip.
He was taken to hospital and doctors discovered a leaking blood vessel in his brain.
Tests revealed the condition is not linked to boxing and is more likely to run in the family.
Danish is now recovering at home and hopes to return to school early next month.
Among those to have sent messages of support are boxers from the British London 2012 Olympics team.
His trainer, Mick Jelley, who has also trained Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan, said: “It’s an absolute tragedy for the lad.
“He was the best young fighter I’ve seen for a long time and I’m certain that he could have gone on to become a world champion.
“I’ve never trained anyone more dedicated than him at his age.”
Mr Saleem said: “Danish was gutted not to be going to Russia, but his health is more of a priority.
“I still think it’s possible he could become a coach at the gym or take on another role that will keep him involved with the sport he loves, but we’ll have to see what happens.”