Sheffield title-hungry Faz shrugs off injuries

Ross Burkinshaw  celebrates Muheeb Fazeldin's achievements, so far.
Ross Burkinshaw celebrates Muheeb Fazeldin's achievements, so far.
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Muheeb Fazeldin says two troublesome injuries will not stop him from claiming the Commonwealth bantamweight title in Sheffield a week on Saturday.

In February he had to pull out of the title shot with a dislocated knuckle. And more recently he has suffered a knee complaint.

But neither will stop the 23-year-old taking on Emmanuel Quartey, from Ghana, at the City Hall.

Burngreave’s Central Area champ twisted his knee skipping after a sparring session recently. He went to hospital for a check-up after left side of his knee swelled so much he couldn’t bend. But unbeaten Fazeldin is benefitting from physiotherapy and has the all-clear to fight.

“My knee will be perfect and I have been punching hard with my hand, it is still swollen but there is no pain” he says.

The southpaw has been sparring with the likes of Paul Butler WBO International super flyweight champion and Thomas Essomba, Commonwealth flyweight title holder.

“The Commonwealth title may not be my dream belt but I remember when I was a kid Junior Witter brought it to an event and I liked the look of it, now I will be fighting for it!”

Eight-bout Fazeldin acknowledges that Quartey’s record [Won 20 (19 KOS) L2)] suggests he’s a power house. “He has a good KO ratio and comes to win” said the Sheffielder. “It’s an interesting fight for people and for my career. They say the first 10 fights are for learning and the next 10 for earning, well I am already doing well after eight. His 19 KOs don’t concern me, I use it as motivation. I need to clean-up people like him and then move on to when I’m in my prime at 26-28. Every fight is a risk whether it is someone who has won 10 or lost 10. You have to be on your ‘A’ game.”

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