The Afghan born fighter who fights at super lightweight, boasts an unbeaten record of 10-0. The 21-year-old recently fought Michael Mooney at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds in front of a sell-out crowd overcoming his opponent by a unanimous points decision.
Food2Go, who are now one of the most established food brands in Bradford, have a history of backing local talent and getting behind charitable causes. Ghaz is the latest local talent that the restaurant is backing.
The light-welterweight has turned some heads on small hall shows and on the undercard of the Josh Warrington-Joel Brunker card in 2015 with some all-action performances. “My style is more of an explosive, aggressive style” was how Ghaz described himself.
Like many, his entry into the sport was rather fortuitous.
“The first time I got into boxing was about nine years ago. I’d been doing some taekwondo but then my gym got closed down and I could never find a better gym,” Ghaz told Urban Echo. “So like seven month went by and I wasn’t doing anything. Then my dad’s mate came round and he was persuading me to go boxing. He said, ‘It’s better than just sitting at home.’ He motivated me in the end to go.
“I started really enjoying boxing more than taekwondo,” he continued. “With boxing, it was more of an aggressive thing. Punching and getting in there. So I just took to boxing. I was liking it more and more. I never missed a day, training hard. My brother and me were pushing each other.”
The young man who came to the UK as a child also feels completely at home here and has the urge like many to represent his local area with pride.
“I left Afghanistan a long time ago,” he said. “I feel Leeds and Bradford, England itself. That’s home. It just feels like home. I’ve spent most of my life here.
“I am very grateful to the Food2Go team for backing me and believing in me. Without my sponsors, it would have been very difficult to be in the position that I am currently in.”
A representative of Food2Go told Urban Echo: “Hamed is a real talent and we believe that he will go a long way in boxing. But first and foremost he is a local lad chasing his dream. That is what we at Food2Go like to support and encourage. We are very proud to be supporting Hamed Ghaz and I hope we can help him realise his dream.”