Sheffield’s future champ in the making

Waleed Din and Chris Smedley
Waleed Din and Chris Smedley
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Put your money on Sheffield boxer Waleed Din becoming a future champion - and you probably won’t have to wait long for a return.

With the flyweight pool a skinny division (there are just seven currently campaigning in the UK, 36 in Europe and 97 in the Commonwealth) Din almost certainly won’t have to wait long before he has a belt around his waist.

The 2013 ABA champion won his first two fights by stoppages and hopes to make that three, on Sunday, at the Octagon.

Din is one of several young guns being showcased in the Dennis Hobson show.

Trainer Chris Smedley says: “Waleed is different, in many different ways. For a start, he walks around at the weight he boxes in: seven stones 12 lbs. He is light for a flyweight yet at 22 he packs a punch and has stopped his first opponent in the second round and his second with a peach of a body shot in the first round.

“But what I like is the air of confidence he has when he gets in the ring.

“He is a nice, disciplined kid out of the ring, but in it he has a kind of arrogance and isn’t content to go through the rounds, he wants to pounce when he gets a chance and get them out of there. He knows what he has got -he is skilful, stays in range but is hard to hit.

“We don’t mind how many KOs he gets as long as he continues to perform as a slick box fighter.”

Finding British opponents is not easy and on Sunday (from 3pm) Lane Top-trained Din, from Grimesthorpe, takes on Patrik Kovacs from Slovakia.

“This should be his last four-rounder and after this, we hope to put Waleed in with Gary Reeve (Gateshead) on a six rounder on December 13.

* Hobson has been talking to Sunderland man Jonson McClumpha’s camp about a fight with Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor, after Sheffield’s Jez Wilson pulled out.