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Khan and Hamed praise Danish Muhammad achievement
Danish Muhammad was congratulated by two former world champions after winning a national schoolboy crown for the second successive year.
The Keighley youngster beat Dale Youth’s Charlie Disson to clinch the 42-44kg class two Navy ABA title in Mansfield.
And his day was topped off when he met Amir Khan, who had watched his fight, and received a surprise message of praise from Prince Naseem Hamed over the phone.
A storming first round saw Danish lead his southpaw opponent 9-0 before winning the second 7-3 and drawing the final round 2-2 for an 18-5 triumph.
The South Craven School pupil, who is trained by Khan’s former coach Mike Jelley at Bury Amateur Boxing Club, will now compete for England in the Three Nations event in July.
Jelley said: “Danish overpowered Charlie in the first round and, as he was so far in front, it was just a case of making sure he didn’t do anything silly after that.
“I am delighted with him. His stamina and work-rate are unbelievable and he is a brilliant talent.”
Jelley has said Danish reminds him of Olympic silver medalist Khan at an early age and hopes he can go on to achieve similar success.
But he warned: “He’s 13 now and when you become 14 and 15, you start to change. Hopefully in six or seven years’ time he might go on to be a world champion but you don’t know.
“He won it (national schoolboy title) last year and he’s won this year and that’s all you can ask.
“Amir was just the same as Danish at his age, though he actually lost in the final in his first year but then went on to win it three times on the trot.”
Having met the Bolton fighter, who will bid to regain his world light-welterweight title in a rematch with Lamont Peterson in May, Danish also received a congratulatory message from former world featherweight champion Hamed, who had been following the schoolboy competition.
The teenager’s dad Shahid said: “Danish was over the moon when he rang. He was speechless. Naseem told him to keep it up and keep training. It was a dream come true for him.”
Danish’s brother Muhammad Ali will be aiming to emulate his success in the junior ABA competition later this month. The pair are also boxing in a club show at Bradford’s Cedar Court Hotel on Friday night.