Unbeaten Leeds boxer Zahid Hussain to fight in Commonwealth title eliminator

Unbeaten Central Area champion boxer Zahid Hussain says he will fight in a Commonwealth title eliminator early next year, writes JACOB KILBRIDE.

Zahid Hussain.

Moortown’s Hussain, who boasts a record of 14 wins from as many fights, faces Sheffield’s Razaq Najib – who has won nine of 11 fights – at the Magna Centre in Rotherham on Saturday, March 30.

Hussain claimed the Central Area featherweight belt with a points win over George Brennan in September and he is eager to earn a shot at another major title with victory over Najib at super bantamweight.

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“It’s an eliminator, so it’s a chance to fight for a major title if I win, so I’m looking forward to it,” Hussain told the YEP. “After my win in September, I wanted a step-up fight and that’s what we’ve got.

Razaq Najib.

“To be honest, I don’t know too much about Razaq, other than that he is a come-forward, aggressive fighter. Having said that, I’m not sure he will know too much about me either so it should be a really interesting fight. I watched his fight against Samir Mouneimne (which he lost) so I’ve seen a little bit of him. All I really know is that he’s a come-forward fighter and I’m sure I’ll adapt to that when I meet him in the ring.”

Hussain is no stranger to fighting on the road, having done so in his last fight against Brennan, and he’s not fazed about fighting in Najib’s home patch of South Yorkshire.

“When I fought Brennan, I went away from home fighting in Bolton,” he added. “It was a little bit of a change to be the first to ring walk.

“I thought I boxed really calmly. Obviously, you’re always going to have some nerves when it’s your first title fight but I thought that I dealt with them. It went pretty much to plan. I boxed very slick all the way through the 10 rounds.

Zahid Hussain.

“To win in his backyard was extra special for me. Going away from home again, this is just another fight for me.”