Hamzah Sheeraz is OFFICIALLY the real deal after that incredible performance to blast out Liam Williams Last Saturday night.
The 24-year-old middleweight from Essex improved to 19-0 with 15 wins inside distance by blasting out former world title challenger Liam Williams on a TNT Sports broadcast at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday night.
Sheeraz was simply sensational as he showcased his size, speed and power to obliterate Williams in lightning-fast time. It led his promoter Frank Warren to compare him to all-time great Tommy Hearns. Quite the accolade.
Warren said post-fight that Sheeraz is now ready to move up to world level, and now he is talking about a potentially massive fight with world titles on the line. Specifically one Janibek Alimkhanuly (15-0), the IBF and WBO world champion.
Next fight for Hamzah Sheeraz?
Writing in his Queensberry Promotions column, Warren said: “So where do we go from here? Well, Hamzah will now get ready for Ramadan, which gives us a window to plot his next move and, as I commented on Saturday, he is off the leash now.
“There are some good options out there, but some of those might not be so keen now. Personally, I wouldn’t have any hesitation over matching Hamzah with Janibek Alimkhanuly, the Kazakh southpaw, who holds two world title belts. He says nobody wants to fight him, so we have now got someone for him, if he is up for it.
“We will see what transpires and take it from there.”
Warren was delighted with what turned out to be a cracking show in the capital, but there was zero doubt about who really stole the show. He was stunned by his man’s career-best performance, having expected a much tougher night against a well regarded opponent.
“Let’s get this right. Liam is, and has always been, a fearsome competitor. He has encountered serious problems early in recent big fights but has always come through and the only stoppage on his record previously was due to a particularly savage cut.
“Naturally, I believed Hamzah would emerge triumphant. But not like that. I thought Liam would provide significant jeopardy and probably take him into the trenches at some point.
“It was not to be and it was almost a replica of Hamzah’s exploits in Poland, where his jab just destroyed the senses of the man in front of him.”