Tiny fighter packs a punch

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HE IS the smallest boxer in Sheffield.

But Hassan Ahmed wants to become a big name in his adopted Sheffield home this weekend.

The 18-year-old, who was born in the Republic of Yemen, stands just 5ft 2ins tall and boxes around the eight stone division.

Ahmed’s diminutive frame will be back in the ring on Saturday at Don Valley stadium as he fights 35-year-old super bantamweight veteran Andy Roberts, whom he beat on points in July.

Ahmed, who lives in Darnall, is a student at Hillsborough College. But he said: “Boxing is what I want to do full time because I love the sport.

“It is frustrating that there are not a lot of boxers in my weight division and that is why I am having this re-match with Andy. He is a good opponent though, he comes at you with some straight shots. But I want to beat him again and move on to other better opponents.”

Ahmed is coached by Steel City’s Chris Smedley. He said: “Hassan was a 2010 national novice finalist and has an unorthodox style; he boxes from different angles.

“He’s an entertaining fighter and has a dangerous upper cut which his fans will be looking for on Saturday.”