Featherweight prospect Raza Hamza is expecting a big 2018 as he moves further up the ranks and closes in on domestic silverware.

Speaking to the BoxNation Podcast Hamza was asked about when he expected to next be back in the ring: “I should be fighting in April and I think I’m fighting in March too, I need to keep busy now.

“I haven’t fought since October 2017. I was meant to fight in December but that was called off. My trainer is pushing me to get as many fights as I can.”

The 25-year-old recently relocated to Manchester to be closer to trainer Haroon Hedley and he‘s enjoying life up north. “I’ve settled good in Manchester I really enjoy it, Haroon Hedley, Jack Catterall are all my mates. I’ve always spoke about coming here.”

The move hasn’t come without sacrifices though: “I don’t see my family, Monday to Friday I live alone. All I do is train, eat, sleep. Sometimes it gets lonely but in the long run it’ll pay off. It’ll be worth it eventually, hard work always pays off.”

At 5ft 11, the Birmingham boxer is tall for the weight but he actually expects to eventually move down in weight. “My next bout is at Featherweight, after I win a title my trainer wants me to move down to Super-Bantamweight and win a few titles then move back up to Featherweight when I want,” he explained.

“The sky’s the limit for me as long as I stay focused and keep winning. The only person who beats me is myself. I’m not scared or worried about anyone, I’ll fight anyone!”

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