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Sheeraz K.O’s Emanual Torres to Extend Unbeaten Record

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Hamzah Sheeraz extended his unbeaten record to 16-0 after knocking out Francisco Emanuel Torres at the Copper Box Arena in London. The eventual stoppage came in the fifth round after Sheeraz knocked his opponent down for the third time on the night. Sheeraz is one of Frank Warren‘s ‘Queensbury Promotions’ best fighters and this victory meant he took the vacant WBC Silver Middleweight title.

Torres moved up to middleweight for this fight as his previous bout came against Jose Benavidez Jr at welterweight. The size difference was clear to see from the offset at Torres initially found it difficult to find his range. Sheeraz fought behind his excellent jab and landed good combinations on his opponent in the opening encounters. Torres showed resilience and tried his best to fight back as he landed some tough hooks on Sheeraz.

The third round was the most entertaining round of the fight as a left hook from the British fighter floored Torres. It seemed the end was near for Torres as Sheeraz was smelling a stoppage. The Brit, however, made a grave mistake and left himself open to a big right hand from Torres, which dropped Sheeraz.

The 23-year-old was not hurt and recovered well as he started to establish himself behind his jab. This set up the powerful combinations we saw in the earlier rounds. Sheeraz had too much power for Torres and the big size difference between the fighters was beginning to play an important role. Torres’ punches were not really affecting Sheeraz and the Brit was comfortable.

Sheeraz landed a massive right hand in the fifth which dropped Torres. He tried to get up and fight on but it was clear he could not carry on as he struggled to stand upright. It was an impressive outing from Sheeraz however the young fighter still has plenty of development and learning to do.

Is Sheeraz ready to fight for World Titles?

The question now arises if the 23-year-old is ready to compete for the biggest prizes in the sport. The general opinion of fans is that he is not there yet and he needs a couple more outings before he fights for a world title. Steve Bunce stated after the fight that Sheeraz was ‘not ready yet’ but stressed the fact he thinks the Brit will eventually get there and fight for global stardom.

Bunce stated that fighters will be ‘itching’ to fight Sheeraz after seeing him drop to the canvas in the third. This will prove to be a big mistake for them fighters as Bunce believes Sheeraz is not an easy opponent to hurt. This is a good point as it means there will be potential fights at this level for Sheeraz in the near future. With regards to his being difficult to hit, this will be proven over time as Sheeraz definitely needs to improve on some aspects of his game.

The main thing for the 23-year-old is to remain active. Frank Warren needs to put his fighter in competitive bouts as only then will the fighter be able to unlock his potential.

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