Tommy Hearns was one of the greatest fighters in boxing history – a Hall of Famer with an incredible skillset and world championship resume.
Now according to promoter Frank Warren, Britain has its own answer to the Motor City Cobra – in the shape of 24-year-old middleweight prodigy Hamzah Sheeraz.
Sheeraz stepped up his march towards elite level at 160lbs on Saturday night by destroying former world title challenger Liam Williams inside one round at London’s Copper Box Arena in front of the TNT Sports cameras.
Now with a 19-0 record – with 15 of those wins inside the distance – Sheeraz has terrific power and speed to go with his formidable size (6ft 3ins tall). It’s a potent mix which has Warren dreaming of future glory, and sparking comparisons with a true all-time boxing great.
Warren on Hamzah Sheeraz
Speaking to Seconds Out (watch the full interview at the bottom of this page), he said: “Where did you read anywhere that that would happen? Liam was prepared and he was strong. I spoke to Gary Lockett afterwards who said that jab he’s got is phenomenal and that’s the key to it, he’s got a great great jab.
“It’s not just that he’s long and rangy, it’s the power behind it. He reminds me, he’s Britain’s Tommy Hearns, and I believe he can do things like Tommy Hearns did. I know he’ll win a world title.”
Asked how close Sheeraz now is to world level, Warren responded: “I don’t think he’s far at all, I’d fancy him, I’d absolutely fancy him. I’m looking for a significant fight for him and he wants a significant fight, because he’s shown what he’s capable of.”