Following the rigmarole that dampened his proposed professional debut, Nelson boxer Atif Mushtaq is delighted to finally be fighting at Colne Muni.
As reported in May, the 26-year-old was left disheartened when his dreams of featuring on a home card were scuppered as local police were reportedly forced to clear his bout from the show amid fears of racial aggravation.
But following discussions involving himself, coach Stuart McFadyen, manager Steve Woods and Inspector Paul Goodall of Lancashire Police, the pro fighter has now been granted clearance to fight at the venue on December 6th.
“I’ve finally got on the bill which is great. It didn’t go to plan for me on my proposed debut at Colne Muni which was disappointing but it’s all clarified now.
“It would’ve been nice to have fought their on my debut but I can’t wait to fight in my home town now and experience Colne Muni. Fighting on a home bill is everything you want to do as a fighter and this is going to be a big night.”
On the back of his first pro victory against Joe Beeden at De Vere Whites at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium, Mushtaq will be going in to his third contest full of confidence. However, an opponent is yet to be named.
“I don’t have an opponent yet but I may get Kristian Laight for the rematch. I’ll fight anyone but it would be nice to get the rematch and win this time. I just want to satisfy myself by beating him comfortably.
“Training has gone well. I’ve been getting some good sparring in with some good opponents and I’m still doing my strength and conditioning training with Ash Alderson. It’s all come at short notice but I’m feeling strong and fit because I hadn’t taken any time out. Fighting on the bill at Colne Muni has really driven and focused me.
“I can’t wait.”