Opinion | Jul 21 2017

Qais Ashfaq: Why I signed with David Haye

In his own words Qais Ashfaq explains his move into professional boxing with David Haye, Richard Schaefer and Ismael Salas
Qais Ashfaq
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I always said from the start I didn’t want to follow the mould, doing what everybody else did. It just seemed like the perfect opportunity. The fact that I personally wanted to be able to box in England and America and the perfect opportunity came.

On top of that, even before I knew about the whole Hayemaker-Ringside set up I wanted Ismael Salas as my coach. I had a meeting with him. It all came together. It’s like it’s meant to be. With all the lads it’s like a big family environment and that’s just what I wanted.

I’ve got the best coach, amazing supporters, David Haye being the promoter as well, he’s got all the experience in the boxing game, so it’s perfect for me. I can see the difference already. Ismael Salas is amazing for me, he’s the best coach in the world.