Hull heartbreak for young Shirazi

Imraan Shirazi with coaches Chris Baker (left) and Akif Shirazi.
Imraan Shirazi with coaches Chris Baker (left) and Akif Shirazi.
Have your say

Peterborough Police Amateur Boxing Club talent Imraan Shirazi fought in Hull at the weekend looking to make it two Box Cup tournament wins within a week.

Seven days after winning the Bristol Box Cup, the 11 year-old Ken Stimpson School pupil from Bretton boxed in the Hull Box Cup, another Olympic-style, open class tournament held over three days with over 400 boxers from the UK and Europe taking part.

Shirazi drew Sol Sullivan from Tyne Tees and Wear in the quarter-finals showed his class in all three rounds to firmly book his semi-final place on day two.

Next up was Yorkshire boy Macauley Kellsall in the semi-finals and both boxers showed grit and determination in a good old-fashioned toe-to-toe punch-up. This time, however, Shirazi just fell short, losing on points to a worthy opponent.

The club’s head coach Chris Baker said: “Imraan was very disappointed not to get through to the final, but he has been a busy boy this season and has come on leaps and bounds.

“To get into the semi-finals after winning in Bristol last weekend is a fantastic achievement for a boy who is only 11.”

Father and coach Akif Shirazi added: “I was gutted for Immy. He train’s so hard every day and is a real champion in the making. Imraan took the loss with fantastic maturity and will go on to achieve great things in boxing and life. I was a really proud dad this weekend”.

Shirazi, along with two other up-and-coming Peterborough Police youngsters, Alfie Baker and Shae Gowler, will be travelling to Ireland to compete in the Irish Monkstone tournament at the end of the month.