Sheffield’s Din plans to make some noise in return to boxing ring

Waleed Din after sparring with Tommy Frank, of Sheffield Boxing Centre
Waleed Din after sparring with Tommy Frank, of Sheffield Boxing Centre
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Sheffield prospect Waleed Din is back in action on Saturday after 14-month absence - and he could face an explosive return to the ring.

The Sheffield flyweight, who went off the radar after a behind-the-scenes stand-off with his former promoter Dennis Hobson, fights on a bill in Dudley, West Midlands, against a Hungarian with a KO reputation.

He takes on Szilveszter Kanalas, who has won 10 of his 14 victories by way of KO.

He has also been beaten five times - four of those have been stoppages, so it could be an interesting return to boxing for the 24-year-old South Yorkshireman.

“It’s been a long stressful 12 months but I’m finally back in the ring April 8th In Birmingham. I can’t wait to be back doing what I do best” said Din.

Referring to his previous management issues, Din said: “I did put the situation behind me from my side but I had to take it to the British Boxing Board of Control as I was still under contract.

“I then had to wait for a hearing. So, all in all, it took around seven months to resolve.

“I’m still training with the same man I started off with, Keith Palmer.

“Now, I am an improved fighter, most definitely, I’ve done loads of sparring with different styles and it has gone well so just looking forward to getting back in there.”

Din, who lost a Commonwealth flyweight title shot to Thomas Essomba in Rotherham, in 2015, added: “Me fighting next weekend has only been possible by a long term sponsor of mines help, Zaheer Akhtar who owns Pizza Hut franchises across the south. With his support I am able to fight anywhere in the country.”

n Sheffield super lightweight Lee Connelly faces unbeaten prospect Richie Canning in Wales on Friday.

He has three other ‘away’ fights also lined up.