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Haroon Khan wins his debut fight

Younger Khan follows in Amir's footsteps by winning debut fight on points over Fidoe

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

21:10 GMT, 27 April 2013

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UPDATED:

08:49 GMT, 28 April 2013

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Haroon Khan's bid to follow in the footsteps of big brother Amir began seamlessly on Saturday night with a points victory over Brett Fidoe in Sheffield.

The 21-year-old made his professional debut just hours before his elder sibling's clash with Julio Diaz and never looked in serious trouble at the Motorpoint Arena.

Boxing at super flyweight, Khan was however too eager to impress at times – an accusation levelled at his brother throughout his career – but came through unscathed.

Beating: Haroon Khan, left, throws a left hook against Brett Fidoe

Beating: Haroon Khan, left, throws a left hook against Brett Fidoe

Representing Pakistan, Khan won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and is now working under Salford-based trainer Oliver Harrison who guided Amir to a 17-fight undefeated professional career before their sudden split in 2008.

Fidoe, meanwhile, began his career with successive defeats at the tail end of last year before halting the slide with his sole victory to date in February.

Such was the ease with which he was expected to be deposed, the 22-year-old already had his next assignment lined up – against an unbeaten prospect in Manchester in just 13 days time.

Eyeing him up: Although Fidoe boxed well in the last round, Khan was a runaway winner

Eyeing him up: Although Fidoe boxed well in the last round, Khan was a runaway winner

Making his debut six months after turning professional, Khan was afforded a warm welcome by the simmering crowd and he looked determined to give them something to cheer about from the first bell.

Abandoning his jab, he repeatedly attempted to land the overhand right, only for Fidoe to slip it with ease.

The few punches that did land came from Khan however and that pattern continued into the second session.

Intent: Khan throws a punch but Fidoe manages to duck in time

Intent: Khan throws a punch but Fidoe manages to duck in time

At the start of the third stanza, Khan threw an eye-catching three-punch combination and although the first two missed the target, the third, a left, landed flush.

He had further success when he switched downstairs to the body and had by this time built up a commanding lead.

To Fidoe's credit, he came out swinging for the final three minutes and deserved the consolation of winning the round only to be forced to share the spoils as the referee awarded Khan victory by 40 points to 37.

London 2012 Olympics: Andrew Selby oblivious to pressure

Mum's the word: Selby oblivious to Olympics pressure… unlike Frances!

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UPDATED:

11:48 GMT, 23 July 2012

Andrew Selby insists the pressure of heading into the London Games as one of Great Britain's brightest boxing medal prospects is nothing compared to the torture being endured by his mother Frances on the sidelines.

Selby, from Barry, was crowned European champion last year and followed it up by winning a silver medal at the World Championships in Baku – where he was beaten by a single point by Russia's world number one Misha Aloian.

But Selby revealed his mother could not bear to watch any of it because she is terrified of seeing her two boys – Selby's brother Lee is a professional and the reigning Commonwealth featherweight champion – in action.

Team ethic: Selby (left) with boxing team-mates, Fred Evans, Anthony Joshua, Tom Stalker and Luke Campbell

Team ethic: Selby (left) with boxing team-mates, Fred Evans, Anthony Joshua, Tom Stalker and Luke Campbell

Selby said: 'My mum watched me once years ago, but apart from that she's only ever seen me on TV. I've persuaded her to come to London for the Olympics, and there's no doubt she'll be under more pressure than me.

'She did go and watch my brother's last fight and she survived, but she was really nervous.

'It's really difficult for her to watch us box so I've just got to make sure I win in a way that will keep her as calm as possible.'

Selby battled weight-making issues for years and threatened to slide away from the British elite scene entirely after a hugely disappointing defeat to Amir Khan's brother Haroon – who was representing Pakistan – in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Amateur dramatics: Selby (blue) is going for gold this summer

Amateur dramatics: Selby (blue) is going for gold this summer

Selby's amazing turnaround has not come without its issues and the Welshman admits he is no stranger to nerves of his own – particularly when his new-found profile means he become the inevitable subject of media scrutiny.

Selby added: 'I've started to get used to the interviews now. Usually I would collapse if I saw a camera.

'I still think getting in the ring is the easy part. I've got experience of the big occasion and the fact it's in London is not going to get to me at all.'