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Boxing: Wembley boxer Youssef Khoumari keen to make impression on world title bill at Wembley Arena

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 October 2017

Youssef Khoumari is in action at the Wembley Arena on October 14 (pic: Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Youssef Khoumari is in action at the Wembley Arena on October 14 (pic: Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

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Lightweight will fight on undercard of George Groves’ WBA super world super middleweight title defence on October 14

Youssef Khoumari will get the chance to make one of his childhood dreams a reality when fighting on the undercard of George Groves’ WBA super world super middleweight title defence against Jamie Cox on October 14, writes Ned Keating.

Hailing from Wembley, the 21-year-old will fight at the Wembley Arena – something he dreamt of as a kid.

It will be just the second fight of the lightweight’s professional career, but he is keen to make the most of fighting at one of the country’s most iconic venues.

“I used to pass the Arena and the Stadium when I would go on runs around the area and being from Wembley, I always dreamed of fighting there as a kid,” said Khoumari, who attended Wembley High Technology College.

“Since I got the fight, I’ve been training hard in the gym and looking to impress. Being from Wembley, I couldn’t turn the fight down and I was in good shape because I went straight back into the gym after my last fight.”

Khoumari, who trained at All Stars Boxing Gym before moving to the IQ Boxing Club, beat Andy Harris in his only previous professional bout at York Hall last month.

But the prospect says there is plenty he learnt from that fight which he is looking to implement when he steps into the ring again.

“My first fight showed me the difference between amateur fights and the pro game, and also what’s required to step up,” added Khoumari, who also attended Hammersmith College.

“I know now I have to stay calm and fighting four rounds in my next fight, I know I can take my time a little more.”

If you would like to purchase tickets for the fight at Wembley Arena on October 14, please contact.

• Hammersmith boxer James DeGale is returning to training this month ahead of a possible ring return in December.

The IBF world super middleweight champion has been recovering from surgery on a torn rotator cuff.

DeGale remains hopeful of securing another fight with fellow former Dale Youth boxer George Groves, who holds the WBA world title.

That may have to wait until next year, though, with Groves taking part in the World Boxing Super Series, with his first fight against Jamie Cox at Wembley Arena on October 14.

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