Rising MMA star Furqan ‘The Lion’ Cheema is making quite a name for himself. The Dewsbury born fighter overcame one of his toughest fights last month at Bradford’s Cedar Court Hotel.
At a packed venue in Bradford, Cheema entered the ring looking focused and he dictated the first round with his pristine jab often confusing his opponent. Confident and focused, it appeared that Cheema would pick his opponent apart as the rounds progressed.
Bur Kluzinski had other plans and mid-way through the second he started catching Cheema with counter hooks and jabs. By the end of the second, Cheema was tiring and his Polish opponent was growing in confidence.
The third and final round was a brutal one. By now Cheema’s outer right leg was badly bruised and Kluzinski repeatedly kicked it as Cheema’s stance was struggling due to the bruising. Tired and bruised, Cheema somehow found a second wind towards the end of the final round and finished the fight with a flurry of jabs and uppercuts to impress the judges.
All three judges voted in favour of the Dewsbury fighter. Cheema by his own admission was relieved at the result as many sitting ringside thought the fight could have gone either way.
Cheema said after the fight: “I won my fight tonight. It was tough but I made many errors and I wasn’t happy with the performance. It’s a learning curve and I will come back stronger.
“I’m not going to dwell on my performance but I’m going to take it as a positive and a learning CURVE. I made it hard for myself tonight but no disrespect to my opponent. He did well and sent me to A&E with my leg being tortured. A big thank you to everyone coming tonight supporting me as well as all my sponsors.”
One of Cheema’s main sponsors are Equality for Workers Union (EFWU). Mizan M Khan, co-founder of Leeds based EFWU told Urban Echo: “We are delighted to be backing Furqan. He is an amazing talent and we believe he will go a long way.
“EFWU will continue to back local talent and we are excited at what lies ahead for Furqan. Our team was at the fight to support him and it was great to have a packed out venue to see Furqan get the win he deserved.”