Talented Khalid keen to follow in dad’s footsteps
Mytholmroyd fighter Khalid Ayub took a step nearer his ambition to fight for England with victory in Dublin last weekend.
The 11-year-old Calder High School pupil travelled in a 12-strong team of fighters from Yorkshire clubs.
The 52kg boxer was an unanimous winner against Alex Rafferty over three 90 second rounds.
Khalid, who would dearly like to compete at the Olympics, fights out of the Cleckheaton Boxing Academy. His coach is Keith Tate, who has trained more than 30 national champions.
Khalid’s inspiration is his dad Gohar, who was a two-time national champion from 50 to 60kg.
Khalid laced on a pair of gloves when he was three and trained at home with his dad until he was old enough to join the Cleckheaton club aged nine.
He has had five fights so far - two of them skills bouts with no verdict - and showed his immense potential with a unanimous win at Middlesbrough in November, backing that up in Ireland.
Khalid’s younger brother Nile, a promising footballer, is also one to watch. Only seven, the striker will be signing for the Huddersfield FC academy next month and has been scouted by several top clubs.