Ahmed marked out as future star

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Hassan Ahmed is preparing for his third professional fight buoyed by the fact that he is already on the radar of boxing’s top brass.

Sky pundit Glenn McCrory, a former world champion, says he is impressed by Ahmed’s style and has marked him down as “one to watch.”

The 19-year-old featherweight’s trainer Chris Smedley said: “It was a confidence booster to get such recognition so early in his career. As an amateur he almost hid in the gym some times but now he works really hard. In his first fight he KO’d the durable Andy Roberts, who has been around a few years and doesn’t often get stopped. Hassan’s learning all the time. At eight stone there are not a lot of boxers about, so I am hoping it won’t be long before we are knocking on the door of a British title.”

The boxing education of the Hillsborough College student continues on Friday against another veteran Wolverhampton’s Delroy Spencer - a 43-year-old with a 143 fight record - on a Don Valley Stadium show organised by Dennis Hobson. Liam Cameron and Dave Howe lead the card.

Two boxers raised almost £13,000 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. Adam Etches, from Birley, and Scott Jenkins, from Chesterfield, collected the cash courtesy of two dinners organised by promoter Richard Poxon. He said: “I was delighted to hand over such a large amount. We’re always happy to do what we can for such a worthwhile cause.”