Ever since Team Sauerland were acquired by agency giant Wasserman in March boxing fans have been waiting to see who would join their ranks.
We now have an answer.
Hosea Stewart, Linus Udofia and Razor Ali have signed deals with Wasserman Boxing as the new promotional outfit aim to make their mark on British boxing in the coming months.
Stewart, described as an ‘explosive heavyweight’, sparred world champion Anthony Joshua for his most recent title fight against Kubrat Pulev and the proposed super-fight with Tyson Fury.
“I know I’m ready for this,” said Stewart. “I wouldn’t let myself do it if I didn’t know 100% I was ready. Sparring with AJ and other top class professionals has left no doubt in my mind that I can do this. I have a lot of work to do, I need to focus on my game, but that’s what I’ve been doing for years now. I’m here on the heavyweight scene and I’m here to cause some problems!”
From the triple signing move the most eye-catching acquisition is that of the unbeaten English middleweight champion ‘Lightining’ Linus Udofia. The Luton-based 27-year-old won his first professional title beating Tyler Denny in November 2019 before successfully defending it against the tough John Harding Jr last October on Sky Sports. Udofia says he and Wasserman will become a real force in the sport.
“Look at the moves they’re making. They’re expanding and showcasing the very best talent in the country. The next generation as well as the most exciting fighters currently. This is what boxers dream of. It’s what I dreamed of and I’m excited and raring to go!”
The hat-rick of new faces is completed by (3-0) British Iranian featherweight Alireza ‘Razor Ali’ Ghadiri. The undefeated featherweight has overcome adversity and homelessness to become one of the most sought-after young talents in the sport after arriving in the UK as a political refugee.
“I’ve been dreaming of this situation for years – I’ve worked every day for the last 5 years, no days off, to get into this position,” said Ali. “When I came to the UK, I had no money – I was literally penniless, couldn’t speak any English and was sleeping on the streets.
“I want to inspire people. When you’re Mr Nobody you can’t inspire people, but I feel now I can become someone who can share a story. Even if it’s just one person, I can say life tried to KO me, but I came back and I’m here.”
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