Boxing: Waleed wants to keep making an amateur Din

Waleed Din ABA Champion
Waleed Din ABA Champion
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Newly-crowned ABA champion Waleed Din is keeping his options open following his triumph last weekend.

The 48kg champion from Firvale won the title after opponent Luqmaan Patel (Earlsfield) was disqualified for fouling when under pressure from Lane Top’s Din.

Din became Sheffield’s only fourth ever ABA champion with the win at Rainton Meadows Arena near Sunderland on Saturday and has already been approached to turn professional.

Still only 20, Din realises he has time to develop yet further and a few more titles would allow him to turn over with more of a fanfare.

“In June there are the GB championships where you take on the Welsh and Scottish champions, I should be picked for that and then hopefully beat them,” said Din, who works in retail.

“People used to tell me that I had started too late in boxing (at 16) but I have proven them all wrong and I want to keep doing that.

“I would really like to win the ABA title again at a different weight. I can go up to 51kg and take on the likes of Jack Bateson, Ashley Shaw and Oliver Simpson, who are all really good kids from Yorkshire.

“Fighting each other will show who’s the best. The door’s not shut to the GB team and I’d love to one day get involved in that.”

Din is the first champion since Liam Cameron won in 2009 for Steel City ABC. The previous two winners (Henry Hall and Ronnie Bissell) were both from Hillsborough ABC and won way back in 1944.