Boxing: Brothers gear up for Octagon show

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There’s a spot of Sheffield boxing history this weekend - the first time brothers from the city have made their professional debut on the same bill, writes Les Payne.

Ramzy and Pharys Nasa - who both recently turned pro on the same day - debut on the Dennis Hobson promotion at the Octagon tomorrow.

Ramzy, 20, and Pharys, 19, from Broomhill, both fight at bantamweight and train under Keith Palmer at Firth Park.

They are part of a remarkable boxing family because they have three younger brothers, Loua, 18, Hakeem, 17, and Raed, 16, who are all fighting as amateurs and want to follow in the footsteps of Ramzy and Pharys and turn pro one day.

Proud father Ariff - who began coaching the older lads from the age of 5 - says it will be a proud day for the family.

“As you can imagine, this household has revolved around boxing with five boxing-mad lads growing up together,” he said.

“For ten years, they have been in the backyard, practising, learning from each other, the older ones showing the younger ones.

“They have all pushed each other and each younger one sees what the older ones have achieved.

“The amazing thing is that they all have different styles and people can’t believe that. The younger three will be there on Sunday to support their brothers and hoping it is them one day,” added Ariff, a former kick boxer but he decided he didn’t want his sons following him and started them boxing.

“There have been boxing brothers before but it must be pretty rare from any city for two to make their pro debut on the same bill,” he added.

Ramzy is currently studying Sports Science at Sheffield Hallam University whilst Pharys is also a student there and studying to be a surveyor.

As amateurs they were at Sheffield Lane Top ABC and Ramzy was a beaten finalist in the National Boys Club Championships.

Tomorrow’s bill starts at 3pm (doors open at 2pm).