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Rising super-flyweight Haroon Khan returns to action tomorrow night as he looks to continue the impressive start to his professional career.
The 22-year-old, who enjoyed a good amateur run, winning Commonwealth bronze in 2010 in Delhi, has made a flying start to his career in the paid ranks, racking up three wins including a stunning stoppage of American Vincente Medellin in Atlantic City last year.
The exciting prospect now steps back into the ring when he faces Middlesbrough’s Francis Croes in a four round contest this Friday night at Ice Sheffield, in a city which evokes good memories for the youngster having won his debut fight there against Brett Fidoe.
Khan has been out of action since his dominating points victory over Stefan Slavchev last November in Blackpool, and now the man, who has drawn comparisons in parts of his boxing style with his esteemed older sibling Amir Khan, is ready for a big 2014.
“I just want to stay as active as possible this year,” said Khan. “My goal for 2014 is to get as many fights under my belt and gain more experience in the professional ranks. I want to test myself against different styles and opponents with the aim of really bringing me on this year. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym but nothing can beat actually getting in the ring and testing yourself there. It’s going to be a very important year for me and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.
Khan is in no doubts that should he win tomorrow night and continue impressing over the coming year, he has the ability to push for domestic honours in the not too distant future.
“At the moment my mind is fully focused on winning my next fight against Francis Croes. I want to look good in the fight and show people the progress I’ve been making,” he said.
“I’ve done a lot of work in the gym and I think it’s going to show in this fight and in the fights to come over the next few months. I definitely want to be challenging for an English or British title in the near future but first I need to gain experience and keep doing what I’m doing – winning,” said Khan.
“I believe in my ability and my trainer Oliver Harrison believes in it and we’re in no doubts that if I keep working away we can get to where we want to get to – which is the top,” added Khan.
Khan is expected to take a large contingent of fans with him to Yorkshire for what is set to be a great night’s boxing.