UP TO THE CHAL­LENGE

Aqeel Ahmed has won his rst GB vest and looks to de­fend his ti­tle at the Tam­mer tour­na­ment next month

Boxing News - - Amateurs -

The Ah­met Comert tour­na­ment in Turkey went well, what was it like?

It was al­right, it was a good place, of all the Euro­pean coun­tries we’ve been to. It was a good coun­try, nice place to be in.

It was my GB de­but so it was bril­liant to win gold on my first test. So I was over the moon.

So you went to the Com­mon­wealth Games and World cham­pi­onships for Scot­land.

I was de­lighted. I’m ac­tu­ally quite an ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tional boxer. I had quite a lot of bouts for Scot­land. It didn’t feel too much dif­fer­ent [with GB] but I’m ob­vi­ously over the moon. It was a good start. It’s go­ing to be a busy sea­son ahead. I can’t com­plain.

What were your op­po­nents like in Turkey?

I fought two Turks. My first fight was my hard­est fight. I knocked [my op­po­nent] out in the fi­nal in the sec­ond round.

How dis­ap­point­ing was the Com­mon­wealth Games?

I got drawn against the even­tual sil­ver medal­list [Amit from In­dia]. He’s ac­tu­ally now the cur­rent Asian Games gold medal­list so it just shows the pedi­gree of the per­son I was fight­ing. I hadn’t boxed for six months as well.

It didn’t work out but you’ve just got to get on with it.

I’d stud­ied the di­vi­sion, I knew the top guys were the English and the In­dian boxer. I ac­tu­ally did well, I got beat on a split de­ci­sion off the In­dian boxer. It was a good fight… Things weren’t work­ing in my favour, it was just small things.

It wasn’t work­ing out, the cards weren’t un­fold­ing in my favour. You’ve just got to get on with it and move on to the next.

It sounds like you know what to do next time.

Yes, I’m pre­pared if we fight again. If we meet again, I’m up for the chal­lenge for any of the fight­ers in the di­vi­sion.

What have you got next?

I ac­tu­ally just got the call that I’m go­ing to be com­pet­ing in the Tam­mer tour­na­ment, it’ll be with Scot­land but ob­vi­ously I’ll be train­ing up at GB. That’s go­ing to be my next one.

The en­tries [from other coun­tries] do come up closer to the time of the fight. They vary, there are Rus­sian and Kazakh box­ers as well [as Nordic coun­tries]. I’ve fought them in the past. I’ve fought some good fight­ers. I’ve ac­tu­ally won that tour­na­ment in the past two years. I won that tour­na­ment so it’ll be good to get back out again.

‘IT WAS MY GB DE­BUT SO IT WAS BRIL­LIANT TO WIN GOLD’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.