MOHAMMED Imran Aslam hopes Bradford fight fans will get behind him in his bareknuckle boxing career – and has told them not to blink.

The 38-year-old has signed to fight for top promoters BKB and makes his debut for them at the Indigo at O2 Arena on Saturday, September 12.

Aslam was snapped up after a pair of whirlwind wins on smaller shows and his next fight will (hopefully) be in front of 3,000 fans in the London venue, and will take place in front of millions of television viewers too.

“I’m looking to make a career out of bareknuckle boxing,” he said. “I know I have to prove myself before I start fighting for titles – and I’m very confident that I will.

“I know what I’m capable of – and I know that I can punch. I’ve had two fights and both of them were over inside a minute.

“Every punch I throw is thrown with bad intentions. I’m not fussed who I fight. I’m confident I will get the job done.”

Aslam says his life has hardened him for the challenges that lie ahead in the bareknuckle boxing ring.

“I’ve had a few spells in prison and after I came out four years ago, I decided I had to make changes and do something that was going to benefit me,” said Aslam, who is sponsored by LQ Builders.

“I’m a changed man. I left my old mates behind me and started training.

“Everyone I have trained with has said the same thing: ‘You can punch, forget about your age.’

“I feel I’m at my peak now. I think you have to go through a few bumps in your life to want to become a bareknuckle boxer and I’ve had plenty.

“If there are young lads who think this is easy and fancy a pop at me, I am ready to prove a point.

“I’m very confident and being a Muslim gives me strength.

“I pray five times a day and run eight or nine miles every day. Once I get in that ring, I’m going to feel unbeatable.”

Aslam says he’s training himself ahead of his BKB debut next month.

“I do a lot of shadow boxing and running,” he said.

“I’m going to have to get some pad work and sparring before my next fight and afterwards, I can maybe start looking for a trainer to take my career to the next level.”

Matt Bozeat