Internet sensation Usman Ahmed will get the chance to make a name for himself in the right way as he joins the line-up for Prizefighter Super Flyweights at Liverpool Olympia on Wednesday October 12, live on Sky Sports.
Ahmed hit the headlines when a video of his flamboyant ring walk and first round knockout defeat to Ashley Sexton became a viral hit on YouTube. One version of the video has now been viewed over five million times as Sexton delivers a punishing right to floor the confident Derby man in their English Flyweight title clash in Brentwood in January 2010.
The 29 year-old had previously fought for the Chris Edwards for the British and Commonwealth titles and promoter Eddie Hearn believes that a strong showing at Olympia could earn Ahmed a shot at redemption.
“Usman has had a rough ride with the Sexton knockout, but it’s certainly raised his profile which is important in such a tight division,” said Hearn. “In Prizefighter he has the chance to make the headlines for the right reasons and with his showmanship and self-confidence, a win in Liverpool could earn Usman another title shot and a lot of fans.”
Ahmed joins British champion Lee Haskins, English Bantamweight champion Craig Lyon from St Helens, Liverpool’s Mike Robinson, Merseyside’s third representative unbeaten 23 year-old Ryan Farrag, and another unbeaten fighter in Northampton’s Nathan Reeve, the 21 year-old former. The boxers taking the final two spots will be announced soon, with Ahmed and Robinson both denied another shot at Sexton after the Londoner withdrew from the line-up.
Tickets for the Super Flyweights show at Liverpool’s Olympia on Wednesday 12 October are on sale now from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 priced £30 unreserved, £50 ringside, £100 VIP.