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Osman can’t afford to slip up

It might not seem like it on paper, but Bolton bantamweight Osman Aslam gets the toughest test of his fledgling career this Saturday (October 1) when he faces Brett Fidoe at   Manchester’s Lancashire County Cricket Club, live on the ‘It’s A-Bout Boxing’ TV channel (Sky 468 and Freeview Channel 90).

Fidoe enters the contest with a seemingly uninspiring 6-28-2 (5) ledger, but the Worcestershire fighter is renowned as a battler who is capable of causing an upset.  Fidoe has given some of the UK’s best little-men a hard night’s work, including Andrew Selby and Kevin Satchell, and has only been stopped once in his 28 defeats.

Aslam, guided by former Amir Khan manager Asif Vali, has romped to 6-0 (2) in just over a year as a pro and has excited with some dominant performances.  The 22-year-old should notch up another win against Fidoe on the ‘Zak Vali Annual Evening of Professional Boxing’, but will need to be on top of his game.

“This is a good test for Osman,” said Vali.  “I’ve seen Fidoe box all over the country against some top established fighters, as well as good prospects, and he is always a very dangerous test.  No-one should be fooled by his record, five of his wins have come by KO and he probably should have got decisions on more occasions than he has.  So it’s going to be a good fight, but I have great faith in Osman.  I think he’s a real talent who can potentially go far in the game.

“I’m also looking forward to watching the big heavyweight Con Sheehan, who is trained by my good friend Peter Fury, trainer of heavyweight world champ Tyson Fury.  Peter has raved about Con, and the fans should be in for an explosive performance.  We’ve also got Adam Hague and Matty Mainwaring on the card, who are both trained by Ricky Hatton’s brother, Matthew.  And local lad, Daryl Sharp will also be appearing.

“This will be an entertaining evening of small-hall boxing, and is supporting a great cause in the Zak Vali Foundation.  I’m also excited to be working with ‘It’s A-Bout Boxing’ who are televising the show live and free for fans to watch.  If any press want to come please do call the office, and I look forward to seeing all the fans on the evening.”

Asif Vali, in partnership with Dennis Hobson Promotions, present the ‘Zak Vali Annual Evening of Professional Boxing’ on October 1 at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford (Lancashire County Cricket Club).

Appearing on the show will be Bolton’s Osman Aslam versus Brett Fidoe; Manchester’s Adam Hague versus Matthew Seawright, Manchester’s Matthew Mainwaring versus Yailton Neves; Ireland’s Con Sheehan versus Radak Varek, and Lancashire’s Darryl Sharp versus TBA.

For ticket information (£20 and £40) call 01204 528898 (07855 497 187) or email [email protected]

Any press wishing to attend, please call 01204 528 898.

The ‘Zak Vali Foundation’, set up in memory of Zak Vali, aims to help pay for funeral costs when a child passes after cancer treatment.  For more information please visit http://www.thezvfoundation.co.uk/