Ahmed Crowned European Champ
Updated: Mar 1
BcB's Ijaz Ahmed has been crowned champion of Europe in the Super Flyweight division by 2 governing body’s after a majority decision victory against current WBO Champ Kaisy Khademi. The fight was top of the bill live on Queensberry promotions BT sports show at the Copper Box in East London. This show was originally supposed to be headlined by Jamel Herring’s WBO super-featherweight title defence against Carl Frampton. But when Frampton suffered a hand injury. The original chief support, with Anthony Cacace defending his British super-featherweight title against Lyon Woodstock was promoted to the top of the bill, only to get called off when Woodstock failed a COVID test this week.
With the decision made to proceed with the show, Khademi v Ahmed was made the main event.
Khademi boxed well at times and was dominate, but he could never really subdue Ahmed who was aggressive throughout and often caught Khademi with his hands low. Ahmed did well in the first round, walking Khademi down and finding a home for his short hook. Khademi did better in the second round, catching Ahmed on the way in, but his hands were too low and he was caught by a right over the top on a regular basis.
The third and fourth rounds saw Khademi settle down more, as he moved around the ring and picked off Ahmed. In the fifth, Ahmed was able to apply more pressure when Khademi backed into the ropes were he left himself open.
Khademi boxed well for the first two minutes of the sixth round but was again caught on the ropes near the end of the round and Ahmed was dominating again at the start of the seventh round, as Khademi was fighting hard to keep Ahmed off him.
Khademi had a very good eighth round, as he moved well and made Ahmed look flat-footed for the first time. Ahmed put in plenty of work in the last two rounds with Khademi looking to coast the last round as Ahmed piled on the pressure until the final bell.
The 3 judges scored it like this Howard Foster, scored it a draw 95-95, while Bob Williams and Michael Alexander scored it for Ahmed by 96-94 and 96-95 respectively.
This win see's Ahmed claim Khademi’s WBO “European” belt and add the vacant IBF “European” belt too.
Also on the card Stoke-on-Trent’s Nathan Heaney beat Ryan Oliver with the ref scoring this 10 round fight 97-92, as Heaney extended his unbeaten record to 11 fights.
Massive congratulations to ‘Jazzy' Ijaz Ahmed on his great victory, he has had to wait a while for this chance after it was called off late last year. His opponent Khademi was the favorite in a lot of people’s eyes to defend his WBO title and add the IBF title to it, but unfortunately for him not one gad told Ahmed. Ahmed pressured and was the aggressor for a lot of the fight and even when Khademi showed his skills the Birmingham fighter took what ever he had and continued to press. It is mad to think at the end of 2018 Ahmed won the super Featherweight Midlands area title against Conar Blackshaw on points an now at the start of 2021 and in only 4 fights has now claijedv3 European titles. This is a great achievement but the biggest one is he now fined himself in the Bbcolumn’s ‘Hall of Fame'. The Column looks forward to chatting Ijaz very soon.