Motherwell fighter Aqeel Ahmed has racked up an incredible four gold medals from his past five amateur competitions at 49kg light flyweight level.
Keir Hardie ABC member Aqeel (23) enjoyed his latest triumph for Scotland by winning three contests at the Tammer Tournament in Tampere, Finland from November 19 to 22. This included a final victory over England’s Joe Maphosa, whom Aqeel had also defeated in the British Championship final in Rotherham this spring.
“I was thrilled to win gold in Finland,” said Aqeel, who has now made 25 appearances for his country.
“Before the fight, I felt like the underdog. I knew I had nothing to lose and I always fight my best when that is the case.
“I really wanted to beat Joe again, because I didn’t want my win in our first fight to look like a fluke.
“Me beating him was like a part-time athlete beating a full-time athlete, because he is a Great Britain fighter getting paid to do the job.”
Prior to the Maphosa fight, Aqeel – a Motherwell College Accounting graduate – had defeated Japan’s Hiroki Inamine and Estonian Kiril Serikov.
Aqeel said the Inamine fight had been his toughest against a very fit opponent; Ahmed had won on a split decision after a very strong final round. The Serikov fight was more straightforward, with a unanimous points decision given.
Aqeel, who had Boxing Scotland technical coach Craig McEvoy in his corner for the Finland fights, said that Scotland finished sixth in the overall medals table – one spot above England – thanks to his win over Maphosa.
The latest gold for Aqeel came after similar triumphs in Belgrade (April), Rotherham (May) and Poland (September). He also took a silver medal in Spain in May.
“I like to thank my coaches Barry Clark, Kev Morrison and Gerry Brady,” he said.