Champion Hamza’s fighting chance

HAMZA Hussain is one young man you wouldn’t want to pick a fight with.

Friday, 18th May 2012, 7:30 am

That’s because the 15-year-old has just been crowned England’s champion junior boxer by the Amateur Boxing Association, and is preparing for the three nations competition in Cork, Ireland, in a fortnight.

Hamza, a year 10 pupil at Batley Business and Enterprise College, got into boxing five years ago, training at Cleckheaton Boxing Academy before moving to Bradford.

He stole the England title at the Frontier at the weekend, in front of his school mates and headteacher.

“It feels good to be fighting for England, very good,” he said.

“I’m now up against the best in the country.”

Michael Harrington coaches the school’s boxing team.

He said: “It was an excellent display of boxing. Hamza was very cool and calm while his opponent, the two-time winner of the national championships, was dancing around and in front of him. Hamza just stared him out.”

Mr Harrington said Hamza’s speed gave him the edge and won him the rounds. But for Hamza, he said it was his fierce left hook that gave him the win.

Hamza, who lives in Staincliffe, counts Mike Tyson and Roy Jones among his heroes.

He said: “I just wanted to win. I never want to lose. To be the best, you have to beat the best.”