Owen Wants To Get Busy, Azeem Turns Over

Macauley Owen is determined to get busy again after getting back to full fitness during a five-month spell on the sidelines.

He’s in action again when BCB Promotions’ next offering at the H Suite arrives in Edgbaston, Birmingham, with a Friday fight night set for September 23.

Fight dates have fallen by the wayside, over that time, allowing him to have niggling problems with his arm and chin rectified.

He was due to box at the Eastside Rooms, at the end of July, but that was curtailed due to the injuries. His opponent was due to be Delmar Thomas, in an intriguing tussle.

Thomas’ pro record stood at 5-2 then, with the contest due to a step up for Owen but, ultimately, their clash never took place.

Owen’s last ring outing was in April, earning a second straight four-round points whitewash over erstwhile journeyman Liam Richards, through a 40-36 scoreline.

The same verdict was recorded against Constantin Radoi in October, which came less than a month after his pro debut, where he stopped Michael Horabin in a round.

The 25-year-old lightweight is from Telford and represented Donnington Boxing Club, as an amateur, amassing 25 wins from 45 bouts.

Owen later boxed for Coventry University, while completing an undergraduate degree in sports science and a masters in sports nutrition.

He became a national champion, too, in the Clubs for Young People (CYP) Championships and is now trained by Shiney Singh, at the MLSS Community Hub gym in Bloxwich.

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Owen said: “With all of the call-offs, just to be on another show feels like a blessing. There’s been a lot of frustration, but I’ve picked up the pieces and cracked on.

“I’ve been ticking over and stayed in shape, but you wonder what you’re doing it for when you don’t end up fighting, particularly when you’re getting fitter and stronger.

“I’ve had a couple of injuries, too, to make things worse. I had a problem with my arm, since before my debut, from when I hyper-extended it on the pads.

“My chin got cut in my second pro fight, it opened up again in sparring. They both kept flaring up but, thankfully, it’s all sorted now.

“It’s been five months since I’ve been in the ring, but I thought I did well in my last performance. I was a lot heavier than I wanted to be.

“I felt like I’d improved from my previous one, when I rushed my punches a bit too much. I was patient in breaking him down and looking for openings.

“I was a bit of a head-hunter, as an amateur, but we’ve been working on body shots and my punch selection has come along a lot. It’s all about learning for me.

“The pro game feels like home to me, but one stoppage in three I’m not happy with. If I get the chance to knock the guy out, I’ll take it.”, Azeem Turns Over

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Azeem Turns Over

Hamza Azeem is ready to break free as a professional boxer after coming highly recommended for the paid ranks.

His introduction will come when BCB Promotions’ next offering at the H Suite arrives in Edgbaston, Birmingham, with a Friday fight night set for September 23.

The 22-year-old middleweight grew up in Kings Heath, but is now a resident of Bournville and works as a prison officer, operating the holding cells at Birmingham Crown Court.

Azeem has been boxing since the age of 13 and had his first amateur bout at 15, racking up seven victories from 11 outings before deciding to turn pro.

He represented Studio and Bartley Green Boxing Club and will be taking his amateur coach, Dave Clarke, with him into the pro ranks.

It was at Bartley Green where he became a sparring partner of Kane Baker, who is from the area and is one of BCB’s longest-serving professionals.

That has led to Azeem also joining BCB and he wants to get busy, having endured many a stop-start run during his amateur career.

He said: “I didn’t have many amateur fights, but I’ve been around the pros for a while now and done well against them, in sparring, so that’s given me some confidence.

“It wasn’t light work for me, being an amateur, and nearly all of my bouts were against good opponents. I was 4-0, at one stage, and I got robbed on a split (decision, points) a few times.

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“My last one, as an amateur, was a rematch, against a lad from Small Heath (BC) called Rashid Mohammed. He was huge, but I’ve beaten him twice unanimously.

“It was Kane (Baker) who put me on to BCB (Promotions). I met him when I first went to Bartley Green (Boxing Club) a couple of years ago.

“I’ve sparred with him and he’s seen something in me, which I appreciate and he’s a good friend. I want to turn over and he’s helped me to do that.

“I’ve been training hard and my job is 9-5, so I’m able to train one-to-one with my coach (Dave Clarke) five times a week, plus I can do my runs in the morning, before work.

“I know that I’ve got talent, I’m a tricky southpaw and I see myself as a boxer who sees openings and picks my opponent off. I’ve got fast hands and feet.

“There are levels to boxing and I’m happy to have 10 learning fights, if it gets me to where I want to be. I’ll step up when I’m ready to, but my time will come.”

Tickets for the H Suite bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.



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