Teessider Waqas Mohammed set to make ring return at Rainton Meadows


The return of Waqas

It’s hard to fathom as to how long Teesside flyweight, Waqas Mohammed, 4-3, has been inactive for. However, since losing in a Northern Area title clash to South Shields’ prodigal son, Anthony Nelson, in July 2013, some sixteen months will have elapsed.

Having debuted in May 2012, winning over four threes against Fikret Remziev, Waqas progressed quickly, winning his first four bouts within just six months. The Teessider will return to the scene of that debut, the Rainton Meadows Arena, looking to get back on track after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

His last bout, against Nelson, was shrouded in injury held aside in order to reach a goal. The goal was not reached as ‘Babyface’ claimed a PTS10 (98-95) success and progressed to claim the English title in hometown just last month. Prior to losing to Nelson the 22 year old also lost to Jamie Wilson, and the first loss coming against Louis Norman for the British Masters flyweight strap in the February.

For Waqas though it’s time to get back on track and put that injury hell behind him. He said: “I had a bad back before, during and after my fight with Nelson, it was that bad that after the fight it was not only difficult to move but also difficult for me to train.

“It was neural trauma, in my spine and lower back, that’s what’s held me back. I’m hoping that’s all subsided now and I can get back on track as I’ve been training a couple of months and it seems fine so it looks like I’ll put it to the test in a few weeks time.”

Not only has Nelson gone on to win the English title but so has a still unbeaten Norman, claiming the English flyweight strap with a UD10 victory over Nathan Reeve in December last year. It is he whom Waqas Mohammed is gunning for, Norman and the English strap, but in time.

He added: “I want a few quick bouts in order to both get the ring rust off and get myself back into the minx then I’ll hopefully look at a rematch with Louis Norman.

“I’ll be competing at flyweight and that’s what I’m aiming for, for now at least. But, I’ll do whatever my manager Mick Marsden wants me to do. Just need to get this first one out of the way and then hopefully keep myself busy again.”

In the meantime the flyweight fighter finds himself back in familiar surroundings at Natural Progression, that in itself being a home from home.

“I need to start at the bottom again and work my way back up the rankings,” he continued.

“I’m back training with Imran Naeem and his protégé Josh Leather which is great. I’m really happy to not only be back in the gym, but to be back training again.”

Phil Jeffries’ Pro-Box North East, in association with Neil Fannon’s Boxing Gym brings you ‘North East Cream of the Crop’ at the Rainton Meadows Arena on Sunday November 30. Doors open at 1230pm and tickets are on sale now price at £30 standard and £50 ringside. Fighters on show include both Ward’s, Foot, McClumpha, Waqas and Hepper; telephone 07747 611020 for further information.


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Posted on 14/11/2014, in Boxing, Jeffries Pro Box North East and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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