University student Ikram Hussain is hoping for a degree of success in 2017 as he juggles his boxing career and studies with his part-time job as a football steward.
Hussain, 20, is embarking on a sports and fitness degree at University College Birmingham with boxing and his weekend job paying the bills.
After a mixed start to his career (1-1), the Birmingham middleweight is confident he can focus on building some momentum – starting with his third pro bout on Black Country Boxing’s High Hopes II show on February 25 at the Holiday Inn in Birmingham.
“I’ve just gone back to university after deferring the first semester,” he told bcb-promotions. com. “I’d been finding it hard to get to lectures because of boxing training. But I’m going back to university and will manage my time.
“I do some stewarding at weekends when I can, too, to earn some extra money. Stuff like West Brom matches, the racing at Cheltenham or greyhound racing. Whatever comes along, really.
“You certainly see some sights and I really enjoy it.”
Hussain is determined to stay busy and earn himself a solid ranking despite such a hectic schedule.
“I want to establish myself as a contender for titles, British level, by the end of 2017,” he said. “I want to have at least another four or five fights under my belt and all of them wins.”
Hussain is joined on the four fight boxing dinner show this weekend by undefeated trio Birmingham super welterweight, Jordan Clayton (4-0), Leamington super lightweight, Michael Cole (2-0) and Birmingham middleweight, Luke Heron (Walker). (4-0).
Tickets are priced at £60 and include a two-course meal at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre or £35 for standard, unreserved seating. Call 07504 505 015 to book.