KBW’s Khan prevails to seal English senior title

Ismail Khan with the 52kg English Title. Photograph by Sam Young
Ismail Khan with the 52kg English Title. Photograph by Sam Young
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Boxer Ismail Khan has become the latest product of the KBW gym in Dewsbury to pick up a senior national title.

Khan won the vacant 52kg English title at the Magna centre in Rotherham.

Khan, who is a sports student at Bradford College and trains in their boxing academy, as well as KBW gym, beat Ryan Gibbons of Hull to take the honour.

He was the latest member of Bradford College’s Academy to taste victory along with clubmate Mohammed Harris Akbar, who picked up an award for his performance in the England Youth Championship Finals.

Harris Akbar won the final at the 69kg weight category and also collected the award for the most outstanding boxer at the championships — the Tony Burns Award.

Harris is already a Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist and member of the England Boxing Youth squad at 69kg.

Both fighters have developed under the coaching of Bradford College’s boxing guru Mally McIver.

Former Dewsbury professional Mally said: “It is always good to see our boxers doing well, representing the academy and Bradford.

“There is a lot of talent in the academy and we look forward to many more successes.”