Nelson boxer Atif seeking retribution

The previous meeting between the two boxers was a controversial draw
The previous meeting between the two boxers was a controversial draw
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Nelson boxer Atif Mushtaq is seeking retribution after admitting that a dubious debut decision still plagues his mind.

The 26-year-old has been pushing for a rematch with seasoned fighter Kristian Laight ever since the pair shared the spoils at the Reebok Stadium’s De Vere Whites in July last year.

And Mushtaq, who has defeated Joe Beedon and Carl Allen since, is determined to make the most of the opportunity.

“I’m definitely confident that I’ll win this time,” he said. “It’s a must win fight for me. I need to get in there and do the business so I can progress. I’ve had the perfect preparation.

“I just want to put it right and I just can’t wait to get in the ring now. The rematch was supposed to happen twice before but it’s fallen through on both occasions. I’ll be using that last decision on my debut as ammunition.

“I know I won that fight but the referee scored it a draw and that’s been in the back of my mind. But it’s made me work harder and it’s provided me with extra motivation.”

Mushtaq added: “I’ve watched a few of his previous fights. He seems to struggle with body shots so we’ll be looking to exploit that. He’s an awkward fighter who sticks out one, two, three shot combos so that will leave him open. I’ve been working on the body bag and working different angles because he’s always switching stances.”