Purge boxer Rizwan Aslam won the 52kg National Title at the England Boxing Development Championships on Saturday.
The 15-year-old beat opponent Oliver Killestkein by split decision and became the first national champion from the Purge Boxing Academy. The Purge gym was established by Mohammed Amin Patel, Umar Arif and Waqas Hussain only 14 months ago and Rizwan’s father, Mohammed Aslam, hailed his son’s progress since joining the gym.
“We don’t know how it was a split decision on Saturday, Rizwan outclassed him and it was unanimous in our eyes,” said Mohammed. “It was emotional because Rizzy has been through a tough time over the last couple of years, he lost his brother who was his biggest fan.
“It means so much for him to be able to pull it off and become the first kid from Purge to win a national title, I can’t express how proud I am.
“All praise goes to the Purge Academy as a lot of hard work has gone on over the last few years. “I have to give a massive thank you to Julian McGowan, he has only worked a few months with Rizwan but has turned him round.
“Most of the credit goes to Mo Amin because he has believed in him and for Rizwan to win a national title is huge for the Purge Boxing Academy - he has done so well, I have to take my hat off to him.”
Rizwan is not getting carried away with his win and is determined to keep his head down as he looks to add to his Yorkshire and National titles. “It felt awesome to have my arm raised, it’s great, I feel top of the world but there are many more things to achieve,” said Rizwan.
“I was just trying to remember the game plan before the fight and thankfully I was able to execute it. “I need to keep working hard as I have set myself some big goals - this achievement is only a starting point, I have still got a long way to go.
“Without my coaches I wouldn’t have achieved my national title, Julian, Mo and my Dad have given me everything they could give me and really supported me.”
Rizwan will be competing again this Sunday at the NABC, formerly CYP, Championships in Sheffield. Fellow Purge boxer Adeeb Ajmal will also be represented the gym in South Yorkshire this weekend.