Hamzah Sheeraz dedicates win on return to British boxing to his beloved auntie Shabnum who passed away from Covid-19


HAMZAH SHEERAZ honoured his greatest fan with an emotional win against Paul Kean.

The gigantic 6ft 3in super-welterweight fought for the first time since his beloved auntie Shabnum Sadiq tragically passed away from Covid-19.

And after the win, Sheeraz 21, said: “I’d like to dedicate this win to my auntie who passed away of Covid-19.

“Hopefully she’s looking down on me and is proud.”

Shabnum — his aunt and a mother of five — lost her life to Covid- 19 in April, leaving her family, including 13-year-old quadruplets, devastated.

Sheeraz used gruelling training sessions to distract from the agony, but was comforted by knowing he has the rest of his career to honour her.

And the Slough-born comfortably cruised to 11-0 and defended his WBO European title at the same time with a dominant victory over six rounds.

He came out in the opening round patiently edging out his jab but half way through landed a perfectly timed short right hand which chopped down on the chin of ex-kickboxer Kean.

The challenger regained his composure and was able to make it through to the bell.

Switching body to head throughout with constant work, Sheeraz walked down Kean with his hands up and landed the occasional right hand through the guard.

The champion unleashed a furious combination in round five as he began to up his product.

It proved a sign of things to come as after another round of being walked down and doing his best to cover up, Kean was pulled out before the seventh.


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