Khalid keen to show his mettle at Steel City finals

Khalid Ayub  (centre)

Khalid Ayub (centre)

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Mytholmroyd’s Khalid Ayub will take part in the national schoolboy boxing finals in Sheffield on Saturday.

The Calder High School pupil from Mytholmroyd, who has just turned 13, is fighting in the 56 kilo category.

Victory at the English Institute of Sport, which is home to the GB boxing team, should earn him a place in the England team to fight in a Three Nations event in Wales next month.

Khalid has built a big reputation with seven impressive wins in a row.

Potential rivals have been withdrawing from fights or changing weight divisions to avoid him.

The youngster fights out of the Warrior Breed boxing gym in Dewsbury. He has switched to there in the last 12 months following the retirement of Keith Tate and the closure of his Cleckheaton gym.

Khalid’s new coaches have already had plenty of success and his aim is to one day make the Great Britain team at an Olympic Games.

Khalid started boxing at the age of three, training at home under the instructions of his dad Gohar, a two-time national champion from 50 to 60kg.

Last year Khalid was a winner for England in Dublin as part of a 12-strong team of fighters from Yorkshire clubs.

The 52kg boxer was an unanimous winner against Alex Rafferty over three 90 second rounds.