'Hitman' aims for Championship final

Issue 621

BOXER Hamza Hussain will be one of the favourites as he battles in the English Youth Championship semi-finals on Sunday.

Hamza, 17, of Staincliffe, will compete against a number of high calibre boxers in Liverpool.

He faces Keiran Conway, of Kings Heath ABC, in his semi-final bout after seeing off Sunderland-based fighter Travis Waters in the quarter-finals.

However, the former Batley Business and Enterprise College student remains favourite in his weight category after two Great Britain development fighters were eliminated in the last round.

The National Youth Championships is an elite competition, which pits the best 17 and 18-year-old boxers against each other.

It is one level below the Senior ABA’s, with boxers just too young to enter the amateur competition.

The Huggy’s Platinum Club fighter will be competing in the Class B category – for fighters born in 1996 – looking to continue his rise under coach Alwyn Belcher.

Hussain already holds an impressive record, having previously fought in the European Junior Championships in Bulgaria.

A win in the English Championship would allow Hamza to compete in the three nations finals.

Victory could see the youngster get a shot at fighting for Great Britain at the World Youth Championships.

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