Undefeated featherweight prospect, Raza Hamza, is confident he can beat Lewis Pettitt in style when the pair square off at the O2 on April 14th.
Hamza is currently undefeated in ten pro bouts, stopping half of his opponents in the first round and he is enjoying the limelight such fights bring.
“I wasn’t born to be average; I was born to do big things, to stand out, to shine on the biggest shows. I know I’m blessed, and the only person who can mess this up is myself,” said Hamza.
“I’ve been working very hard for a long time, and on April 14th the UK fans will finally realise how good I am. It’s my destiny to win. You can’t change that!
“This is a huge World Championship bill yet already my fight with Lewis is kicking up a storm on social media, and big side bets are being made. I’m loving the interest. I’m not remotely nervous.
“I was a very popular amateur, and the Asian community is craving a new [boxing] star. After 14th April, I intend to have people talking about me.
“Right now, the city has some very good fighters. After Kal [Yafai], everyone is striving to be the city’s second world champion. There’s Tommy Langford, Gamal [Yafai], Sam Eggington. We’re all destined for big things.”
To date, Hamza has competed mainly on small hall shows and is eager to make a name for himself at the O2 in April.
“Lewis is the perfect opponent for me to break out,” says Hamza. “After this, everything will change. I’d love a belt around my waist this year. Beating Lewis Pettitt in style will bring me a big following. After that, I’ll only be facing fighters with winning records who are coming to win. I’ll be on my way!”
Although Hamza will be fighting in Pettitt’s stomping ground in April, he remains unfazed and hopes it will help him prove how good he really is.
“I’ll be bringing a lot to ringside myself, but I hope the Arena is full of Lewis Pettitt fans. I’ll have to prove my character. It’ll give me a chance to show how good I am. I love being the outsider, love being booed!
“Lewis has achieved good things. He was a champion, rated four in the world. I take nothing from him. He’ll prepare right and will be coming to win. From experience, I know that one shot can change everything. He’s coming to beat me so I definitely need to bring my A-Game.
“But Lewis has had his day. It’s true he’s been involved in longer fights but who has he faced? I’m faster, stronger, younger, hungrier and he’ll find I hit much, much harder than anyone he’s fought before. If he’s careless, this could be over in a round. I hit extremely hard. I promise he will touch the floor in this fight!
“But I’m not looking for a knockout. I’m gonna show classy boxing. This is exactly the type of fight to make fans take notice.”