ONCE he had scooped the British bantamweight title last September, Ukashir Farooq made it his mission to win it outright and to achieve this goal as soon as possible.
This led to a couple of defences within the next seven months as well as a third one set for Saturday (August 17) at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. Opposing Farooq this time will be Duane Winters, the Southern Arena super-bantamweight champion, and Farooq knows one more victory will give him the British belt for keeps.
A pro since 2015, Farooq, 12-0 (5), is getting better as he matures and is currently on a rich vein of form, with five of his last six fights ending inside the distance. In 2018, he won the British title when dropping Jamie Wilson three times and finishing their fight inside 73 seconds, and then followed this with a dominant first defence against Iain Butcher in a fight that saw Farooq go 12 rounds for the first time. This year he successfully defended the belt against Kyle Williams, winning via fifth-round stoppage, showing once again an ability to both box and punch, essential for any young fighter aspiring to one day progress beyond domestic level.