Alkailany itching to get 2015 underway

Alkailany itching to get 2015 underway

Ameen Alkailany (0-1) is itching to get 2015 underway after making several changes to his training team. The welterweight is now under the full time tutelage of Paul Evans, a former amateur boxer with over 180 bouts of experience under his belt. Alkailany said, “I’m getting the right training now, the type of training I’ve always wanted. How you see it on TV, how professionals train, that’s what I’m getting. What you’re seeing with me, it’s only going to get better.” Alkailany was born in Iraq but he’s now from Cardiff and travels to Foster’s Gym in Caerphilly to train with Evans, scheduling sessions around his day job in Burger King. The 24-year-old had no amateur contests, instead competing in Muay Thai boxing at a high domestic level but he isn’t worried his lack of experience. He said, “It’s not long since I turned to boxing, I used to do Thai boxing and I was ranked 12th in the UK at one point. I always had a lot of love for boxing, though. “In my last three Thai boxing fights, they were all knockouts with my hands, that persuaded me to do a transition to boxing.” Alkailany made his professional debut in October and he was game throughout but beaten by Adam Goldsmith’s sharp counterpunching skills, losing the four rounder on points. Reflecting on his maiden contest, Alkailany said, “It was a good experience, it taught me what I needed to do. So, my training wasn’t as good as it should have been and my fitness wasn’t there. “It told me how hard I needed to be training in the gym. I know my errors now, I’ve been working on them with Paul Evans. “I want to be back in the ring in early February. I’m training really hard and my fitness is high now. So, I know I can give a lot more when I fight again. I’m about 70KG now, so I can burn that off easily to be welterweight and fight soon.”

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