Ahmadi faces toughest test
HAYES flyweight Ramesh Ahmadi is back in action next week and is set to face his toughest test yet.
Ahmadi has been matched with Robbie Forster over four rounds at the York Hall, in Bethnal Green, on Saturday, July 18.
Forster, a 23 year-old from Wales, is sure to give Ahmadi a tougher workout than he got on his professional debut last month.
The 21 year-old raced to a first-round win over Jordan Smith at the York Hall.
Smith was tall, lean and tried to keep the fight long, but Ahmadi knocked the fight out of him with body shots, then punched him to his knees twice to force the stoppage in just 100 seconds.
Coach Lee Buckingham said: “Ramesh did what he had to do. He was perhaps a bit over eager, but I was happy with the way he blocked and parried Smith’s jabs before he stopped him.
“Ramesh likes it when they come to fight. He hits hard and would much rather take the centre of the ring then chase his opponents and be over his front foot.”
Ahmadi trains at Les Southey’s gym in Hillingdon alongside stable mate Tommy Tear (pictured) who is also on the bill at Bethnal Green’s historic venue and is unbeaten in eight pro bouts.
Meanwhile, Jez Smith plans to show his supporters an extra gear when he gets back in the ring.
The 21-yearold is targeting a third straight win in east London after dominating a four-round clash with Dan Carr to make it back-to-back triumphs riumphs last month.
“I thought it went really well,” said Smith. “I looked in better shape, settled down more and got some shots off, but he’s a very tough man.
“He took some good shots and didn’t fold. He took them all. I felt comfortable in there and I thought I picked my punches well.
“I was glad to get the rounds in, but if I had stepped it up another gear, I might have stopped him. I know I need to step it up a bit more and we’ve been working on that in the gym.”
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