Hamzah Sheeraz has left the super-welterweight division to carry on his career at middleweight.
Queensberry Promotions made the announcement today on their social media channels showing Sheeraz training in desert surroundings.
The unbeaten 22-year-old rising star, ranked 11 with the WBO, joins the likes of stable mates Denzel Bentley (former British champion) and Nathan Heaney at Queensbury after winning 14 out of 14 since his pro debut in September 2017.
The Londoner stands at 6 ft 3ins and always looked gargantuan at the 154lbs limit. Tipped for big things, Sheeraz should now be packing more power as he looks to establish himself as a threat to the leading players at middleweight.
His promoter Frank Warren told Boxing Sociallast week that Sheeraz will return in March having had two outings and two victories last year. The last of which came in controversial circumstances when he overcame Bradley Skeete at the Copper Box last month.
Skeete, the former British welterweight champion, had the better of the bout for seven rounds before Sheeraz finally caught up to him in the eighth session. The punch that put Skeete down was then followed by a few more while the veteran was on the floor forcing Steve Gray to deduct a point from him. One round later was all she wrote as the damage had already been done.
“Let’s be honest they’ve got no intention of a rematch when Sheeraz is moving to 160lbs,” Skeete told Boxing Social last week.