Boxing: Anwar ready to bide time in quest for title

Adil Anwar at Burmantofts Boxing Club.

Adil Anwar at Burmantofts Boxing Club.

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He’s been handed a British title fight – but not the one he wanted.

Yet Leeds ace Adil Anwar will continue to pursue a light-welterweight British title bout, hoping that “good things come to those who wait”.

Anwar, 25, will take on Welsh fighter Lance Sheehan for the British Masters Gold title two weeks today at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

The fight will form part of the undercard to the David Price heavyweight bout against Tony Thompson, yet Anwar is still frustratingly waiting to take centre stage in his own right.

Anwar, nicknamed the Platinum Kid, has already notched up 18 wins and secured himself a place as the mandatory challenger for the British title.

Yet still the former English champion and Prizefighter winner waits for his big chance against belt holder Darren Hamilton, who will be taking on Steve Williams in Liverpool the same evening.

Anwar has already come through two eliminators, the most recent of which saw him defeat highly-rated Dale Miles on points. The Leeds ace is now mystified as to what more he can do.

“This isn’t what I was expecting in terms of the title I’m fighting for,” said Anwar.

“I have patiently been waiting for a shot at the British title and have proved that I’m capable of it time after time, yet I’m not getting the shot. Still, I will wait patiently as good things come to those who wait.

“Domestically, it seems I am one of the most avoided fighters.

“I think there’s some boxers out there who are avoiding me.

“I have had 19 fights and still not had a shot at the title which many people find strange. Hopefully, I will be given the chance this year and I am ready to take it.”

Anwar, who was born and raised in Burley, is used to overcoming obstacles with the boxer’s career put on hold after he was involved in a car accident in 2005 which shattered his dreams of making it to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

A gruelling training regime now begins with a run at 4am, but Anwar thrives on his busy schedule, saying it’s a case of no pain no gain.

“There are no distractions here in Leeds and it helps me to stay focused,” said Anwar, who has also overcome Tyrone Nurse and Barry Morrison so far.

“All I do is eat, sleep and pray my namaz. The next few weeks will be crucial.”

Insisting that success comes to those who want it, Anwar added: “You have to keep dedicated and work hard to achieve anything.

“In 20 years you can look back at your life and say I could have done something. Or you can look back and say you did it.”

Tickets for Anwar’s fight at the Liverpool Echo Arena are available by calling 0845 163 0845.

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