Feature | Jul 25 2017

Umar Sadiq is a prospect to watch

Umar Sadiq on contentious amateur bout with Joshua Buatsi, setting aside his accountancy career and going pro, writes John Dennen
Umar Sadiq
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UMAR SADIQ has signed with promoter Frank Warren and will make his pro debut in September.

The amateur light-heavyweight boxed internationally for Nigeria, battled Joshua Buatsi and will lay aside his career as an accountant to focus fully on his boxing.

“I feel that the wait’s been worth it. I didn’t rush. I kept believing the right deal was going to come along and I’m happy,” he told Boxing News. “I’ve always been a student of boxing and one thing I’ve never seen ever is a fighter who had a job on the side. [Juan Manuel] Marquez, who coincidentally was an accountant as well, but even then I think it was something that he said. There’s no way he was fighting Pacquiao and operating as an accountant at the same time.