Taking Names: Hamzah Sheeraz reveals his three-man hit checklist


By Declan Taylor


HAMZAH SHEERAZ will down instruments for the holy month of Ramadan earlier than chasing summer season fights on three fronts.

The 24-year-old puncher took out Liam Williams inside a spherical on the Copper Field Area on Saturday night time so as to add to his rising repute as one in every of world boxing’s most promising skills.

Instantly consideration turned to what may be subsequent however religious Muslim Sheeraz is not going to practice throughout Ramadan which runs from March 10 to April 9 earlier than getting again into his coaching camp in Los Angeles.

“I’ll fly again the day after,” he stated. “I’ll have Eid after which the day after I’ll be straight on a flight again out to LA. I’ve no accidents and it wasn’t an extended night time in opposition to Williams.”

Now Sheeraz has opened up on the three names that his subsequent battle could possibly be in opposition to as he plots a path in direction of the highest finish of the middleweight division.

He is among the names who might line up for Queensberry Promotions within the 5 vs 5 event with Matchroom, which takes place on June 1 in Saudi Arabia on the undercard of Artur Beterbiev in opposition to Dmitrii Bivol.

It has been prompt that Sheeraz might tackle Matchroom’s 16-0 (11) southpaw Ammo Williams, who has been beforehand linked with a battle in opposition to Sheeraz’s compatriot Felix Money though that has by no means materialised

Of Williams, Sheeraz stated: “Hopefully I can get out on that Saudi card – straight on that undercard. That traces me up for June. Amo Williams is being linked and it’d be a giant battle, I believe.

“It’s a dream of mine – a latest dream of mine. Particularly every part being arrange there and being a muslim as nicely. It solely is smart, and it’d be nice to battle on the market – particularly in entrance of the boxing royalty as nicely.”

Williams would symbolize an enormous alternative for Sheeraz to breakout, significantly in America however his promoter Frank Warren prompt a fair greater identify for his subsequent battle within the type of Chris Eubank Jr.

Eubank Jr had been anticipated to face Conor Benn early this yr however he’s with out an opponent after these talks broke down and Warren is hoping to tempt the Brighton man into an unlikely all-British conflict with Sheeraz.

However the 6ft 3in Ilford man, 10 years Eubank’s junior and with little to supply when it comes to risk-reward for the older fighter, is aware of it could want large cash to ensure that that battle to happen.

“I simply want to begin searching these guys down,” stated Sheeraz when requested about Eubank Jr.

“Even when he simply begins to take discover now, that’s higher than nothing. I do know he’s chasing cash now. There’s greater cash fights on the market for him, but when he’s acquired a determine, I’m positive Frank can kind one thing out.”

One other extra probably home conflict nevertheless, is with the present British middleweight champion Nathan Heaney, if he can efficiently defend his title for the primary time when he takes on Brad Pauls in Birmingham on March 16.

Stoke favorite Heaney is among the finest supported boxers within the nation and Boxing Information understands he has already shifted upwards of 1,600 tickets for that present. Given his potential to attract a crowd, Heaney is hoping to someday safe a battle at Stoke Metropolis’s Bet365 Stadium and Sheeraz would don’t have any downside being within the away nook.

He stated: “The Nathan Heaney battle is a really, very sensible battle as nicely. That’s a battle I’d like to have.

“I’d even go to Stoke on a chilly, moist Tuesday night time if I needed to. I’d like to. It might be an honour. I do know it could be a really hostile surroundings however I believe it could add that little bit of gas to my fireplace.

“I’ve already performed it in Poland, boxing Dymtro Mytrofanov, particularly with all of the Ukrainians there.

“However for now I’m simply trying ahead to getting again in there once more whoever it’s. I all the time stated if I care for Liam Williams doorways and avenues can be open, there are a great deal of routes I can select. It’s only a matter of which one I take.”

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