An Insight Into Frank Warren’s New Signing Amin Jahanzeb
By Cameron Temple
Over the last few months while the world has been in lockdown, many people have taken the opportunity to binge the latest Netflix series they previously didn’t have time to watch or any other number of trivial activities to occupy their time and maintain their sanity.
Amin Jahanzeb, on the other hand, has used the extra time to make some shrewd business moves and get his affairs in order ready to hit the ground running upon the highly anticipated return of boxing.
Already under the management of the outspoken Tunde Ajayi and training with Haroon Headley from the Heavy Hitters gym, earlier this month, Amin managed to complete his team by securing himself a promotional deal with Hall of Fame promoter, Frank Warren.
Now, Amin has the potential of fighting on live shows aired by sports broadcasting giant, BT sport, a prospect that excites him:
“I fight better when the pressure is on and when there’s more expected of me. So, when it comes to fighting on a big Frank Warren show in an arena in front of thousands of people, that’s my time. I’ve been waiting to thrive on a big stage and now the time has come.”
Amin took the time to explain to how his link up with Frank Warren came about:
“I hadn’t really been looking for a big promoter, I was just looking for a good manager, someone who was on the same page as me, like Tunde Ajayi is, everyone knows who he is. He’s been putting in some good work with me recently and we’ve been making some moves, and the Frank Warren move came about. I took some time to think about it, and that sounded like the best move for me, so here we are, signed up by Frank Warren and ready to go whenever a fight comes.
“I started on small hall shows and selling tickets,” Amin continued, “that’s the first step of the ladder, and that’s a hard test as well because of the rawness of boxing at the start. Now, I’m on the second step of the ladder, which is getting on the bigger platform, fighting in front of loads of boxing fans, and possibly on BT sport. So, it’s a good platform and it’s a good testing time for me to show what I’m made of.
“You just have to look at Frank Warren’s results and the legends he’s promoted in the past, like Chris Eubank, Naz, Nigel Benn and all those guys, who are British boxing legends. So, I just looked at Franks results, and it’s clear that he’s mastered his craft, so now it’s time for me to go and master mine.”
Amin’s journey into boxing began at the age of thirteen, although he claims his boxing education began much earlier, as he revealed:
“I learned boxing from five or six years old, sparring kids on the street to learn how to become tough and learning how to protect myself where I grew up. I first walked into an actual boxing gym when I was thirteen years old and since then I have been stopping people left, right and centre.”
Growing up in Bradford, Amin was quick to admit that there was not a lot of boxing or anything else going on, but he is confident that the younger generation coming through can change that:
“Not to talk down on my city, but there’s not a lot positive coming from Bradford, a lot of the time people look down on us. But there’s some good talent coming through in football, boxing and other sports as well and I want to be one of the main guys to cement Bradford’s legacy in boxing. I want to inspire the youth and bring all them through following in my footsteps, hopefully when I get up the ladder, then they’ll follow too.”
Given his lofty ambitions, the aforementioned ladder that Amin hopes to climb could prove some challenge:
“If I wasn’t aiming to be a world champion in multiple weight divisions, then I wouldn’t be boxing, so that’s my main goal. Of course, right now my goal is to win my next fight and look amazing.”
“For me it’s not about the money,” Amin continued, “if I wanted to earn money, I’d be doing other things and I’d be getting money faster. For me it’s about building a legacy and learning on the job because I’ve had fewer amateur fights, so I’m getting my experience on the job. Boxing is just a totally different buzz from everything I’ve ever done, so I want to win fights against good opponents, win belts and cement a good legacy.”
In terms of reaching his goals, Amin is hoping his elite boxing brain will get him there:
“My best attribute is my boxing brain and the main thing I rely on is my smartness in the ring. Anybody can be faster, harder or tougher, but you just have to be smarter. You can be fast and you can hit hard, but if you can’t hit the target then what does it matter? If you’re smart and you can take away somebody’s best attribute then they can’t beat you because they can’t use it. So, my best attribute is my boxing IQ.”
In the amateurs, Amin gained less experience than most with only nineteen amateur bouts to his name:
“I had a few injuries when I was an amateur,” Amin explained, “I had a hip injury as a kid, and then I had a hand injury just before I turned professional, so it was a testing time. The doctor told me I might not be able to box or run properly again with my hip, but I’m here now so I’ve proven him wrong. Everything’s all fixed now and stronger than it was, so I’m happy.”
Despite the lack of experience, Amin believes he makes up for it in other areas:
“I’m fresher and I’ve got fewer miles on the clock than others. I don’t have to unlearn things, because I’m not stuck in a certain way, whereas, you get people with loads of amateur fights, who turn professional and they’re still stuck in their amateur ways, so they’re only good for three or four rounds and after that they start falling apart.
“Whereas, I’m just adding things on and I can go the distance, now in a longer fight I can fight beautifully and you can’t even tell how many amateur fights I’ve had. So, when I go against top prospects or champions in the gym when I’m sparring, you can’t even tell the difference, you’d probably look at me like I’m the one with more experience.”
Since turning over to the professional ranks, Amin has adjusted quickly owing to his heavy-handed style, as he acknowledged:
“I prefer the professional ranks. Hopefully, when I get better opposition, I’ll get some good knockouts as well, because some of these journey men, who don’t actually want to fight, they come in survival mode and sometimes they have such a tight guard and they’re not throwing punches back, so it’s hard to get punches through. In the amateurs when people fought me back, I always got knockouts and those were the highlights of my amateur career, half my amateur wins are by knockout. So, when I get to fighting good people in the professional ranks, people who come to fight me properly, then that will test me and it will show how good I am as well.”
Fortunately for Amin, he was one of the lucky few who managed to get a fight in just before boxing was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he is determined to stay ready for action as soon as boxing returns:
“It’s a testing time, due to the lockdown and having no boxing at the moment. It will just show who’s really hungry to succeed in the future and who’s staying in shape and who’s keeping their spirits high ready for the next fight whenever that is. Some people get disheartened and they stop training and some people will probably pack it in, but I think that’s an easy way out and it sounds like an excuse. So, the ones who are training now and are still hungry, that shows determination and they will be ready to fight whenever it comes in the future.”
Amin signed off, when I asked him what his fans can expect from him in the future, by simply replying with, “fireworks,” and I think that says it all…