Young prospect Raza Hamza is part of an exciting Frank Warren stable and is targeting big things in 2017.
The featherweight from Birmingham has been added to the undercard of Tommy Langford as he defends his British title in April.
However, before he fights at the Leicester Arena, Raza will be competing on Friday against Lithuanian Simas Volosinas.
Hamza has assessed his opponent on Friday whilst also looking at the bigger picture ahead later this year.
He exclusively told WBN: “I know he’s a tough Lithuanian fighter who is durable. I think he’s only been stopped six times in his career. But it’s a warm up fight to keep me busy and get me ready for April.
“I have to take one fight at a time though and after Friday I can then focus on April 22 where I will be fighting an undefeated boxer. It’s all about timing and being patient, I’ve boxed at small hall shows and other shows with some good fights on the card but in April it will be a chance for me to showcase my skills. With the right advertisement from the team I know I can rise quickly and my name will become bigger,” he said.
In 2005, his Mother passed away. He has admitted that she is his inspiration and motivates him every day to achieve his big ambitions in boxing.
“I box for my mother who passed away in 2005, I don’t box for any other reason and I won’t be stopped by anyone. I’ll beat anyone in my way to become champion. I’ve got a big future and I’m not scared of getting hurt in the ring – The only thing I’m scared of is losing. I just don’t want to lose and every fight I take I treat it like it’s my last, that’s my mentality.”
Raza has teamed up with Team-Des fitness and is now training at Frankie Gavin’s gym in Birmingham. The gym has benefitted him hugely and he is highly appreciative of Gavin helping him train.
“I train at Frankie Gavin’s gym in Acocks Green and it’s brilliant, he has given me and Malcolm (Melvin) a key so we can go to the gym whenever and get some training in. He’s been very good to me. I want to thank my team from Malcolm to Des and all I can say to people is stay patient and stay tuned over the next 12-18 months. It’s exciting times for me.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95