Mussab Abubaker is looking on the bright side as he aims to breathe fresh life into his professional boxing career.
He’s back in action at the H Suite in Edgbaston, Birmingham, for Friday’s fight night on December 17, with the show being staged by BCB Promotions.
Abubaker will be four days short of two years since he last engaged in competitive combat and has had a broken hand to recover from, in the meantime.
The born-and-bred Brummie, from Small Heath, has also been concentrating on growing his business, the Bubble Rolls Dessert Shop on Ladypool Road in Sparkbrook.
The 28-year-old super welterweight now resumes a pro ledger that was 4-0 at the end of 2019, after outpointing Scott Williams in a four-round points landslide success.
Three out of those four victories have come by the same verdict, a 40-36 points whitewash, with Abubaker keen to step up from four rounds to six in early 2022.
‘Breaker’ debuted in late 2017, overcoming Danny Little by a 39-37 points call, after dropping the journeyman in the second round.
That was at what is now the H Suite, where he returned to shut-out Dale Arrowsmith in March 2019, after a 2018 vanquishing of Paul Cummings.
As a pro, Abubaker has never boxed outside of Birmingham and is relishing the prospect of performing in front of a home crowd again.
He said: “I’ve had my misfortune, but I feel like I’ve turned negatives into positives. I’m injury-free again, my business is still going strong and I’ve refurbished the shop.
“I broke my left hand in sparring and it’s taken over a year to recover. I would estimate that it’s at 95 per cent now, although it seems to be working well again.
“Perhaps I was being extra-cautious but, when I first got back into training, I couldn’t use my left hand at all. It certainly won’t bother me in the ring, when the adrenaline kicks in.
“I was 4-0, before the pandemic, and I was two weeks away from my fifth fight when Covid hit, so I just want to get the ball rolling again.
“I’ve been working in the gym on the things that I want to improve on, which is mainly just to relax a bit more. Once I master that, you will see the difference in me.
“I didn’t have any amateur background, so there are some elements of boxing that I’m still getting to grips with, but it will all come together.
“With how long I was out, it’s almost like starting over again, so my target is to improve on the performance from last time, however long ago it was!
“I’m just planning to take it step-by-step and build my boxing career back up slowly. I don’t feel any more pressure than facing my next opponent.”
Tickets for the H Suite bill are available now, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.