Ameen Khalid has come back to boxing at full throttle as he gears up for his third pro contest.
He will next step through the ropes when BCB Promotions return to the Eastside Rooms, on Woodcock Street in Birmingham, as part of Sunday afternoon’s showdown (June 26).
Khalid sees action for the third time this year, putting to bed a frustrating wait of over two years to first punch for pay, which started before the pandemic.
He was originally due to turn over in April 2020, but a national lockdown made the probability of that impossible, with another date not coming along until last September.
Khalid and his scheduled opponent, Danny Allen, were both on-site that day when Allen pulled out, meaning that their meeting had to be scrubbed from the line-up.
He was then meant to take on Stu Greener in December, but a troublesome foot injury flared up again, days before fight night, making 2021 a write-off for him.
The 25-year-old lightweight finally made his debut on February 13, but felt that he wasn’t firing on all cylinders, despite having his hand raised.
Khalid did concede one session, while edging towards a four-round points success, prevailing by a 39-37 scoreline over Swindon-based Romanian Constantin Radoi.
His second pro outing came in March, where he eased towards a 40-36 points whitewash against Lithuanian centurion Simas Volosinas.
That left Khalid still trying to recapture the form that made him a bright amateur prospect, graduating from Worcester Boxing Club, in his hometown.
Khalid racked up 25 victories from 35 bouts, during his amateur career, before joining up with Amin Khan’s Truth Boxing Club (MTK Gloucestershire).
He’s now at the end of an eight-week training camp, after time away and a month of fasting for Ramadan, followed by the three-day celebration of Eid.
Khalid said: “It’s bound to be tough getting back into it, but I’ve got myself back into shape and I’m feeling fit and strong. The start of camp was hard though!
“It took a while to get that ring fitness back, particularly when I was sparring, but it’s turned out to be one of the best camps that I’ve had.
“I’ve been training three times a day, with two sessions in Gloucester and keeping up with my running. I’ve worked hard on strength and conditioning, too.
“Nothing is going to stop me now, I want to get another win under my belt and then I’ll be straight back in the gym, getting ready to go again.
“I’d give myself seven out of 10, for my last performance. I could have done a lot more in there, although there were things that I did well.
“I used my jab and doubled up on it, then moved to the body, but I’ll be looking to put together more combinations this time.
“He was mainly covering up, but he caught me a couple of times, with a looping right hand, so my footwork and movement need to be better than that.
“I’m more than capable of being slick, but I didn’t really show it, so that’s my aim for this one. I know what I can do, when I’m at the top of my game.”
Tickets for the Eastside Rooms bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.
Please note that doors will open at 1pm and not 2pm, as previously stated. VIPs Sunday dinner is to be served at 1.30pm.