Sheffield boxer is no flash in the pan

Muheeb Fazeldin and his Sheffield team
Muheeb Fazeldin and his Sheffield team
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Muheeb Fazeldin aims to fasten his first professional belt around his waist this month - but says he won’t over-celebrate his first step on the road to bigger things.

The Burngreave super bantamweight takes on fellow Sheffield fighter Uzair Najib for the Central Area title at the Octagon on February 21.

The unbeaten Ali Hamed-trained knows he is campaigning in a high-profile division and expects to get noticed with his sixth win.

Fazeldin, 22, has seen Najib, 23, fight one round but said there was nothing he saw to concern him. “You can’t tell everything from one round but I wouldn’t worry about him or anybody else they put in front of me.

I have had a good six or seven week training camp and whoever I fight would end up losing.”

Fazeldin, who is a fan of Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux, is keen to win the Cental title but says he is “not fussed” generally about the national picture, preferring to plot a longer strategy for European, Commonwealth and beyond.

He hopes to put on performance to suit his “Flashy” nickname but added: “As long as I win i doesn’t matter if it is ugly or scrappy.”

Also on the bill is super-middleweight Nicolie Campbell, 23, who has been out of action for a while. “It has been frustrating, I had a wrist injury but it’s all cleared up now and I want to get the job done” he says. “I am training like a machine so the more fights the better” he said.

The top of the bill is Beighton’s Ross Burkinshaw v Terry Broadbent of Leeds. Burkinshaw is defending his Comonweath bantamweight belt.

Broadbent is primed for action: “If I win that potentially I could get a shot at a world title. I have never done 12 rounds before but I know I can battle. I can definitely beat this kid that’s 110 per cent. I’ll beat him on his home ground and hopefully stop him and take that belt with me.”

He says Burksinahw is taller with a longer reach so he will work on “closing him down and let the bombs go.”