HAMZAH SHEERAZ IS now a big name to be reckoned with in the middleweight divisions.
His devastating destruction of domestic rival River Wilson-Bent in November in just two rounds put the 160-pounders on notice that a new force is on the horizon.
Sheeraz works away from home in California but was far from forgotten by the boxing scribes of the Boxing Writers’ Club, who honoured him with the Young Boxer of the Year for 2022.
An illustrious list of former world champions have been a recipient of the award that is presented at the Savoy Hotel on London’s Embankment.
The current WBC Silver champion is training under the experienced Ricky Funez at the Ten Goose gym in Los Angeles.
Sheeraz switched to his new base last year and believes the results of his upheaval are there for everyone to see.
Honduran born Funez learned the boxing business under Dan and Joe Goossen and worked with some of the sport’s biggest names. That list includes the late Diego Corrales, Shane Mosley, Azumah Nelson, Michael Nunn, Gabe Ruelas, Rafael Ruelas, James Toney and Israel Vazquez.
Hamzah set out to chase the American dream after meeting with Funez in London in 2019.
He marked the week of his introduction to the middleweight division with the signing of a new three-year promotional contract extension with Frank Warren and Queensberry.
The strapping 6ft 4″ Sheeraz, still just 23, has reached 17-0 (13 KOs) in the professional ranks since making his debut at the Copper Box Arena in September 2017.
In March 2022 he defeated Jez Smith for the WBC International Silver middleweight title at the OVO Arena, Wembley, having departed the super welterweight scene as WBO European champion, which he defended on four occasions.
Then in the July he upgraded to the prestigious Silver belt with victory over the tough Francisco Emanuel Torres at London’s Copper Box Arena, where he recovered from a first career knockdown to stop the Argentinean in the fifth round.