Bradford boxer realises national title Ambition

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Hamza Hussain with coach Alwyn Belcher at Huggy’s gym Hamza Hussain with coach Alwyn Belcher at Huggy’s gym

Bradford’s Hamza Hussain is targeting a return to the England ranks after claiming a national title.

The 16-year-old won the 66kg B competition at the National Ambition Boxing Championships in Shirebrook.

Hussain, who trains at the Huggys Platinum club in the city centre, comfortably out-boxed Repton’s Joe Kelleher in the final after a run which had seen him beat two internationals and a former European championship bronze medallist.

Gym owner Huggy Osman said: “Hamza had it hard with some really tough bouts. The final was probably the easiest of the lot for him after the kids he had already beaten.”

Hussain has previously boxed in the European Junior Champion-ships in Bulgaria but missed out on a national vest last year.

But the weekend’s success in Derbyshire has signalled a return to form for a prospect that former pro Osman likens in style to a young Amir Khan.

He added: “Hopefully we’re looking to get Hamza back in the England set-up. His form is really good – he was head and shoulders above the lad who’d got the European medal.

“Hamza can bang and he’s one of those that likes to get involved. But he’s got it all there to be a very good boxer if he gets it all together.”

Keighley boxer Muhammad Ali claimed the 50-52kg title in the National Ambition Championship after his opponent Harry Limburn pulled out in the final.

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