Adan Mohamed: “I Just Want To Be Exciting”
By Cameron Temple
Frank Warren and BT Sport’s show on Saturday night, headlined by Daniel Dubois, reportedly hit record post-lockdown numbers, with a peak viewership of 400,000 and an average viewership of 155,000.
The card also cast a light on a few of Queensbury promotions talented prospects, including the likes of Willy Hutchinson, Sam Noakes and David Adeleye.
Throughout lockdown Frank Warren has been assembling a number of exciting youngsters under the Queensbury promotional banner, the latest of which was Adan Mohamed.
Adan hopes to get the chance to perform soon on a similar show to that of Saturday night’s, live on BT Sport.
“Hopefully in November or December time I’ll make my pro debut,” Adan said, “and I’ll be live on BT Sports, which I’m really excited about, it will be unbelievable to be boxing on TV. I love a crowd, I’m a crowd pleaser, that’s my style.”
Owing to his considerable amateur success, Adan was not short of options in terms of a promotional outfit to guide his professional career, but he settled on Queensbury, partly due to him being managed by Frank Warren’s nephews.
“I could’ve gone and seen Matchroom,” Adan revealed, “but I think they rush a bit and throw you in the deep end, so I thought I’d rather go with Frank Warren so I could just pace myself.”
Adan grew up in Buckhurst Hill, but spent much of his time in Bethnal green where his family is from, around his amateur gym, Repton boxing club, and the iconic York Hall and he has amassed a sizeable fanbase in both areas.
“I had a lot of energy as a kid,” Adan said, “and I’m a twin as well so I was fighting all the time, so I thought why don’t I just do something with boxing. I went to the gym and I just loved it.”
“Whenever I’d finish school, I’d be straight in the gym.” Adan continued, “I used to go over to York Hall and watch pro’s fight and I would think ‘I’d love to fight here.’ I didn’t get the chance as an amateur, so hopefully I’ll get the chance as a pro.”
Having recently put pen to paper on a deal with a major promotional company, Adan now feels a responsibility to act as a role model for young and up and coming boxers from his area.
“You have to act as a role model. I’m a professional now, so I have to act a certain way. Obviously, with the youths coming up I would tell them just to stick at what they’re good at and don’t do anything silly.”
As an amateur, Adan enjoyed a huge amount of success, being crowned national champion seven times, as well as winning the Tri-Nations GB title, two Haringey Box Cups and he was a bronze medallist in the 2019 European Youth Championships.
Adan considered staying on as an amateur and trying to become an Olympian, but in the end, the timing was right for him to turn over to the professional ranks.
“I was on a trial with team GB, but I’m only eighteen, so I was still a youth when I was on the trial. They were telling me that I’d have to wait until 2024 and then I saw someone qualify at the weight and then the Olympics was postponed. I thought, ‘I’m not waiting for another four years,’ because, in another four years I could be a top contender.”
Since turning over, Adan is raring to go, telling the Boxing Index, “I’m flying at the minute, I’m training hard and I’m not even boxing for a few months, so I’ve got loads of confidence.”
Adan trains out of the Gator ABC, with trainer Donnall Smith, who Adan believes has taught him a huge amount, including changing his style from that of an amateur to an effective professional style.
Another significant figure in Adan’s boxing career has been his mother, who he cited as being his biggest influence, admitting, “my mum pushes me when I can’t even push myself.”
Adan will be campaigning at super bantamweight, a division that is extremely competitive domestically and on the international stage, but Adan believes he can mix it with the top contenders.
“I can only rate myself the best and I’ll show that as the years go on. When my time’s right I’ll be up there with them.”
Much of this confidence and self-assuredness comes from the level at which he has sparred at such a young age.
“I’m looking stronger in sparring and I’m hurting men ten years older than me. I’m a kid and I’m beating up men, so I must have a bit of power. I’ve sparred Dennis McCann in the gym for years. I’ve also sparred Lee McGregor and Lucien Reid, and a lot of the guys around British level.”
In terms of the near future, Adan’s aspirations are simply put, although perhaps easier said than done, “I want a lot of fights and a lot of knock outs.”
“I just want to be exciting.”