Kahut is prepared to back his belief behind a big punch

BOXER Zahid Kahut. left, believes he can produce a huge shock and win the cruiserweight Prizefighter at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday, April 30, writes Andrew Hunt.

Thursday, 8th April 2010, 2:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th April 2010, 3:55 pm

The 34-year-old will start as a big underdog for the competition but has enlisted the help of Julian McGowan, who trained Gary Sykes to his British super featherweight success last month, to ensure he is in the best possible shape to challenge for the prize.

Kahut has won four and lost one of his five professional bouts but has not fought in almost a year and faces a huge test as former world champion Herbie Hide, a veteran of 52 fights, is strongly tipped to win the event and take the 30,000 prize money.

Kahut’s only defeat came in controversial fashion against Earl Ling last February and the southpaw is hoping to build on the success of Sykes and bring another title to the area.

Kahut, who is originally from Heckmondwike but lives in Batley and works in Dewsbury, was in Huddersfield to see Sykes win the British super featherweight title with victory over Andy Morris.

He said: “Gary had huge support from the people of Dewsbury and the atmosphere that night was unbelievable and I am determined to bring further success to the town and ensure we have another trophy to display.

“I am going to make my presence felt on April 30. I am determined to bring the Prizefighter trophy back to Dewsbury and hope this can provide a springboard to challenge for a British title.

“Most of the previous Prizefighters have come from big cities such as Belfast and London and nobody has heard of places like Heckmondwike but if I were to win it would be huge for the people of this area.”

At 6”6’, Kahut will be the tallest fighter in the competition and is hoping this will prove a big advantage.

He added: “I haven’t fought since May last year because of my newly born twins but I’m serious about this. I have been training hard and have done everything Julian has asked of me.

“Everybody is expecting Herbie Hide to win but he is 38 now and I think he will have slowed down and he could get chinned, even before the final.”

Prizefighter sees eight boxers compete in a quarter-final, semi-final and final all on one night over three, three-minute rounds.