Young Riz on fire

Young Riz on fire

PURGE BOXER Rizwan Aslam became the 52kg Open Class Yorkshire champion at the CYP Championships last weekend.

The victory means Rizwan has now won two Yorkshire titles to go along with the national title that he claimed two weeks ago. 

The 15-year-old fighter won by a unanimous decision, in only his 13th fight, against opponent Marco Brown from Jorvik Boxing Club – who has had more than double the number of bouts in his amateur career. 

One of Rizwan’s coaches, Mohammed Amin Patel, who has coached Rizwan for over four years, said that the win was thoroughly deserved.

“It was amazing, we were confident he could win because of the level he was boxing at, he fought someone who had 29 fights and he still won by unanimous decision,” said Amin Patel.

“A lot of other trainers were coming up to us saying that he is a special kid, we knew that as well, as the talent has always been there.

“He is maturing, he boxed with confidence, listened to the instructions and executed the game plan really well.

“Rizwan has had issues outside of the ring with his brother passing away but now he is just enjoying his boxing, his attitude is brilliant. He is still working like he is an underdog.”

The Purge Academy now boasts four Yorkshire champions, two national finalists, and one national champion. 

Adeep Ajmal, 17, also became a Yorkshire champion – he received a bye into the National CYP quarter finals.

Amin Patel says he is encouraged with how things are going at Purge, believing that things are really starting to come together. 

He added: “We have been working on this place for around 16 months, we had Mohammed Aslam and Umar Arif go and get their coaching badges. 

“I was on Julian McGowan’s case for two years and after that time he came in and fell in love with the place and he is like a blessing for us.

“It is nice to know the hard work is paying off, all the kids are working hard and they are getting to where they need to be. 

“We couldn’t have had this success without our sponsors. Rival Boxing have provided us with equipment, Clifton Packiging, Denham Jeans, Myer Adams and O2 Dewsbury have provided us with financial support - without them we would be struggling.”

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