Atif Mushtaq named boxer of the night

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ROCHE ABC light middleweight Atif Mushtaq was named boxer of the night as he added another win to his record at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington last Thursday.

The 22-year-old earned a majority verdict against local lad Mike Kiernan of Phoenix Fire in a terrific bout, which raised the roof and took his win record to 17 from 22 bouts.

Poignantly, Asif collected his award from Wales manager Gary Speed, who was guest of honour on the night, with his son Thomas in action, fighting for Chester Police.

Speed was found dead in the early hours of Sunday morning, stunning the football and sporting world, and coach Brian Roche said: “Atif brought the house down, it was a fantastic fight.

“Afterwards Gary gave the trophies out, and what a nice guy. I’d never met him before, but his lad Thomas fought for Chester Police, and what a cracking boxer he is as well.

“He’s a stylish fighter and was named young boxer of the night. I was speaking to Gary about him, and he said how well he thought Atif boxed, that he was a classy boxer.

“I was stunned when I heard what had happened on Sunday.”