15 years since Amir Khan made his professional debut and one of many who watched his every move was six-year-old Berkshire boxing fan Hamzah Sheeraz. The now 21-year-old has been climbing the ranks of professional boxing since he turned pro three years ago and holds the title of European Super Welterweight Champion. Speaking exclusively to AsianaTV he talks about his journey, his goals and the importance of maintaining stable mental health in everyday life.
Beginning with his background, Hamzah tells us that Khan wasn’t his only inspiration. The sport of boxing has run in his family for years. “When I was eight, my Uncle Mani, who’s currently living in Australia, was a big influence in getting me into boxing… he went on to win seven National titles with Pinewood ABC… that’s where my enthusiasm and love of boxing started.’
Sheeraz’s grandfather was also a boxer so the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Growing up with a strong identity in this craft Hamzah has learnt what it takes to become a good boxer both inside and outside the ring. “People think boxing is just about being physically fit but it’s the mental attitude, the calmness and the breathing that is important. I believe that’s the difference between a normal boxer and a champion.”