Hussein hoping to get back on track

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 April 2015

Eddie and Mo Hussein

Eddie and Mo Hussein


Former West Ham amateur returns to ring

Lightweight Eddie Hussein is back in action on the big Frank Warren show on May 9 and resumes an unbeaten record that must be one of the most unusual in boxing.

The 25-year-old former West Ham amateur turned pro in 2011 and after four straight wins drew his last contest - a total of just five bouts in four years!

His return to action at Wembley Arena is also a first for Hussein as his previous five contests, all four-rounders, have all been at the same venue in Bethnal Green’s York Hall.

Hussein moves up to the six-round class against a selected opponent on next weekend’s bill which features former middleweight rivals Chris Eubank Jr and Billy Joe Saunders against imported foes.

Also on the title-studded line-up is an intriguing super-middleweight clash between Frank Buglioni and Lee Markham, former amateur rivals when they shared two wins.

Other rising stars from the Warren camp listed include Mitchell Smith, Bradley Skeete and George Jupp, plus new boys Boy Jones and Anthony Yarde.

Injury setbacks and show cancellations have caused problems in the stop-start career of Hussein, who is trained by father Mo, another ex-West Ham amateur who became an explosive punching Commonwealth champion on Warren bills 30 years ago.

Hussein plans to make up for lost time by following his father’s road to title success in the pro ranks and aims to impress when he appears in his big arena debut next week.

He has been busy preparing for his fight at the Champions TKO gym in Hackney with extra sparring sessions at Alec Wilkey’s Poplar training centre.

Mo Hussein also trains the unbeaten Ozgul brothers, welterweight Siar and light-heavyweight Onder, as they prepare for their latest ring tests at York Hall this Saturday.

The Wise Guy promotion, under the Malta Boxing Commission banner on Saturday, includes Mark Alexander, Nathan Decastro, Tasif Khan, Paul Economides and Marianne Marston.

n Former Newham amateur Johnny Coyle bids for the vacant Southern Area light-welterweight title against local rival Philip Bowles at York Hall on May 16.

Prizefighter winner Coyle is unbeaten in 10 pro fights, while ex-Repton amateur Bowles has suffered one defeat in ten.

The light-welterweight clash is one of five 10-rounders on the Goodwin show that also features Jamie Speight, Cassius Connor, Adam Dingsdale and Johnny Garton.

Former West Ham amateurs Anthony and Sonny Upton are also on the bill, as Anthony looks to extend an eight-bout winning run while Sonny has six wins from eight fights.

Brother Paul took his winning run to eight when he defeated tough Bolton campaigner Chris Jenkinson in Oldham recently.

n Newham prospect Jayedul Islam was a winner on the Nemesis show in south London where he showed good form to outscore home club rival Freddie McBride.

Also in winning form for the Newham club was John McDonagh, who landed the effective shots against Hal Abbass (Redbridge) and was good value for the points win.

West Ham schoolboys face the next step along the England Schools’ title trail in the London finals this weekend at the TA Centre in Grove Park, Lewisham.

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