Aqeel wants to be the new golden boy

Aqeel Ahmed is looking to build on his experience at Glasgow 2014 when the Gold Coast hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Aqeel Ahmed is looking to build on his experience at Glasgow 2014 when the Gold Coast hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
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Motherwell boxer Aqeel Ahmed says he has no plans to turn pro until he has won a Commonwealth Games gold medal.

The light-flyweight is being courted by promoters, but after winning his first international gold at a tournament in Serbia, followed up by a silver in Spain and being the only Scot to win his division at the British Championship in Sheffield he has set his own targets.

Ahmed said: “I’ve had a really successful time recently and a few professional promoters have invited me to their events, but my main focus is the Commonwealth Games in three years.”

Ahmed lost out on a medal to Devendro Laishram at Glasgow 2014, but says he has learned from the experience.

He said: “I thought I boxed pretty well in Glasgow, but against Laishram I was simply out-experienced.

“However, by the time we get to Australia in 2018 I’ll have more experience and won’t be coming home without a gold medal in my pocket.

“You look at Charlie Flynn and how important winning gold was to giving him name value and I want the same, although I may have to work on my patter a bit too.”

Sportscotland has announced funding for boxing over the next four years has nearly doubled to £2.5 million.

Ahmed said: “The added funding does put more pressure on the fighters to deliver, but it will also mean we are much better prepared.

“Scottish boxing has always been underfunded compared to the rest of the UK, but look at our success. Now the money is creeping up we will become a major force on the world stage.”