Monir tri­umphant in Bat­ley bat­tle

Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE - BOX­ING

THE spot­light fell on Monir “The Real Money” Miah re­cently when he rep­re­sented Hamer Am­a­teur Box­ing Club in the first bout of the new sea­son for the at the Al Hikmah Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Bat­ley.

There he took up the chal­lenge of lo­cal favourite Tuseef Sule­man of KBW Box­ing Club.

Spurred on by the thun­der­ous ap­plause he re­ceived from the crowd on his in­tro­duc­tion, Sule­man in­stantly took the fight to the 17-yearold Hamer boxer by land­ing fast, solid punches to both the body and head.

Miah tried to counter this with fast hands of his own but Sule­man replied with more solid blows which pleased his fans and the noise arose to an­other level.

It was a tough, gritty af­fair that saw both box­ers take and land heavy blows, but as the round pro­gressed Sule­man be­gan to show signs of fa­tigue and Miah be­gan to take ad­van­tage.

Be­fore the start of round two, Miah was told by his coach Steven Con­nel­lan to take the fight to his op­po­nent more and to push him onto the back foot with fast punches be­fore un­load­ing hooks to the body and head.

The bell rang and Miah stormed out with a one-two com­bi­na­tion to the head, be­fore land­ing three thun­der­ous right hand punches to the jaw.

Sule­man fol­lowed up with punches to the body be­fore Miah landed an ex­plo­sive over-hand right to the top of his head.

The pat­tern of the con­test be­gan to change and it was the Hamer youth who be­gan to push Sule­man onto the ropes be­fore land­ing more solid blows whilst his tir­ing op­po­nent was con­tent in just coun­ter­punch­ing when Miah had stopped punch­ing.

Still it was a very close af­fair which needed grit, willpower and de­ter­mi­na­tion and Miah showed all three when he came out for the third and last round to meet Sule­man who be­gan by us­ing a swift jab that con­stantly caught the Rochdale boxer as he moved in.

The punch forced him off bal­ance and Sule­man took ad­van­tage with solid punches to both the body and head.

This con­tin­ued for a short spell un­til Miah landed a crack­ing right hook to the head which in­stantly buck­led Sule­man’s legs.

Sule­man tried to land a mas­sive right-hand swing, which the Hamer youth slipped be­fore forc­ing the York­shire lad into the blue cor­ner to un­load more heavy punches.

Both lads were very tired go­ing into the fi­nal sec­onds of the bout but it was the Rochdale young­ster who showed a con­tin­ued readi­ness to take the fight to his op­po­nent and in the end Miah had his hand raised as the win­ner by split-de­ci­sion.

Monir Miah

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