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Michael Ibrahim has vowed to flatten whoever stands between him and cruiserweight domination.
The 28 year old from Harlow has turned professional with Mickey Helliet and makes his debut on his show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday, February 2.
Ibrahim only had three unlicensed fights before making the switch to the pro ranks and says that with coach James Cook in his corner, he’s going to surprise fighters in the 14st 4lbsa division.
“I’m going in there to knock people out,” said the father of four.
“If I want to get where I want to go to, I need to be getting knock outs.
“Because I’m 5ft 11ins, I have to fight on the inside and James has taught me so much. He’s got me slipping and sliding and when I’m on the inside I’m fast and explosive.
“I’m going to surprise people. Nobody in the pros will know me at the start. I haven’t been boxing for very long, but I’ve always thought: ‘I can do this’ and it’s down to me how far I go.
“I want to go all the way. I want to conquer the cruiserweights, take out people like Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain, and then go for the heavyweights.”
Ibrahim was last in the ring in April, scoring a points win at the York Hall. “He was a big lump,” remembered Ibrahim, “and there was no way I was going to let him bully me. I bullied him !
“That win gave me a lot of confidence.
“I went to see Mickey Helliet about turning pro and he said: ‘You’re strong, but you’ve got no skill.’
“I said: ‘I have got skill.’
“He insisted I haven’t and sent me to James Cook.
“I’m a different fighter now. The improvement I’ve made since that fight in April is crazy. I feel so fit and ready. I feel prepared. I’m a beast now !”
Ibrahim’s life is busy.
He has two jobs – working 12 hour shifts at Sainsbury’s and as a night guard – and also has four children.
He says his children are his inspiration.
“I used to think boxing was scary,” said Ibrahim. “But once I went to the gym and started hitting the bags it felt right.
“It seemed like the right thing to do.
“I have four boys and they started saying: ‘Dad’s a boxer.’ They seemed proud of me and that encouraged me to carry on.”
Posted: 18th Jan 2019
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