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Stoke-on-Trent boxer ready for debut under Frank Warren

A Stoke-on-Trent boxer is set for his first fight since signing for Frank Warren.

Shabaz Masoud is on the undercard of the Josh Warrington world championship fight in Leeds tonight.

The event will be shown on TV, on BT Sport.

The 23-year-old from Etruria says it has been an exciting few months since he was taken on by Warren's Queensbury Promotions, especially as it was other boxers who recommended him.

'Maverick' Masoud said: "I was training around the Tyson Fury camp with Billy Joe Saunders, Ben Davison and Tyson himself.

"They saw me, and they told Frank 'you need to see this kid, he has something'.

"I was always talked about, so they came to see me and they liked me."

Shabaz says he has had the support of his family from a young age to pursue his boxing career, and the decision has had a big impact on him - including quitting university during the third year of his course.

He said: "My father used to box and since a young age I was always around the boxing gym.

"I fell in love with it, and I have never looked back.

"There was a stage in my life when I could have gone off track and got into no good.

"But boxing teaches you discipline and gives you a sense of routine, and it gives you something positive to focus on.

"I was trying to play football, trying to go to school and try to work, but since I knew I wanted to take this sport seriously I have put all my eggs in one basket.

"I am so happy because it is paying off."

Shabaz says that his name is becoming more widely known, but being part of the line-up at Leeds Arena tonight will help him.

Preparing to take on Yesner Talavera, he said: "Every boxer says this, but this is the best I have ever felt.

"I am feeling sharp and strong.

"I am ready to put on a show, and I just want to show everybody what I am about.

"On the boxing circuit people know me, but it is now time to reach a wider audience."

You can follow Shabaz Masoud’s journey on social media here: 

Twitter: @ShabazMasoud

Instagram: /shabaz_maverick_masoud

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