Boxing ‘first’ in Sheffield

Loua Nassa flexes his muscles in preparation for his first pro fight which is on the same bill and his brothers Pharys, left, and Ramzy.
Loua Nassa flexes his muscles in preparation for his first pro fight which is on the same bill and his brothers Pharys, left, and Ramzy.
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Sheffield’s Octagon Centre is set to stage what could be a boxing world first - three brothers fighting on the same bill.

They come from the city’s Nassa family which boasts five boxers - with two younger children hoping eventually to make it a magnificent seven.

Loua Nassa of Sheffield's seven-strong boxing family

Loua Nassa of Sheffield's seven-strong boxing family

Twenty-one-year-old Ramzy and Pharys, 20, will be having their third professional bouts.

And they will be joined by 18-year-old Hallamshire University bio medicine student Loua, who will be making his pro debut on the Dennis Hobson-promoted bill on September 13.

Fellow Hallam Uni students Ramzy (sports science) and Pharys (quantity surveying) both won their first two bouts.

They will face opponents from Lithuania and England respectively while it has yet to be decided who Loua will fight.

The family fighting team is completed by amateur fighters Hakeem, 17, and 16-year-old Raeid 16, who are both doing A levels at Tapton School.

And waiting in the wings are Zane, eight, and sister Sama, three, who are already keen on the sport.

Proud father Ariff, who owns a newsagents on Worrall Road , said: “These boys have been boxing since the age of five or six and are very skilled at what they do. It’s all they’ve ever known and besides studying it takes their time fully. They train twice a day every day, mainly at home, honing the art of boxing .

“This is obviously going to be a big night for the family and, we believe, unique for boxing in general. We think having three brothers on the same bill is something to shout about and one day this will be five - and that’s history in the making.”