Issue | Opinion | Premium | Feb 07 2020

‘I get nervous before every fight’ – the journeyman’s diary

But that hasn’t stopped me from having 104 of them – and I’m only 26, writes journeyman Qas Hussain
Qas Hussein
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I DO what everyone else does. I get up and go to work five days a week to pay my bills. It’s just that at weekends I get punched in the face.

I had 40 odd amateur bouts. I won the Yorkshire title a few times and got to the semi-finals of the Novice championships, but really, I was only an average club fighter, nothing very special.

I turned pro when I was 19, making my debut nine days after my birthday, and I wanted to be a champion. I turned over with Dennis Hobson and I remember telling him: “Get me a belt.”