Proud pops Mo Hussein claims son Eddie is set to replicate him as a lightweight champion.
Mallet-fisted Mo, a Turkish-Cypriot who boxed out of West Ham, won and twice retained the Commonwealth crown during a colourful 27 fight career with 17 knockouts back in the 1980s.
And he predicts that his 26 year old son who trains in Dagenham is destined for the same path.
‘Eddie definitely has the ability to reach the level I got to,’ claims Mo who, like his son, was also promoted by Frank Warren.
‘He does everything well. He’s a clean living, family man who trains very hard and is a good learner.
‘Eddie’s taller and has longer arms than I had so he can do more things. He too likes to mix it and punch the body, but he can also box. He’s a good all rounder.’
Since debuting in September 2011, young Eddie has travelled the full trip in each of his six pro fights which suggests he didn’t inherit dad’s ‘equaliser’. But Mo will have none of it.
‘If you look at my pro record, I didn’t stop too many in my early fights,’ he claims.
‘Trust me, Eddie has plenty of power. He knocks ‘em over, just doesn’t rush in for the finish. And every fight he has, he gets better. He’s definitely a future title prospect.’
Eddie entered this world just six months prior to his father’s ring retirement so has no recollection of him in action. However, he watches the old man’s fight tapes avidly.
‘Dad was so strong and loved a ‘tear up’,’ assesses the ex London junior champion who boxed amateur in the West Ham singlet.
‘He didn’t care who the opponent was, he just went for it. And he could really bang. I can have a ‘tear up’ but work more on cleverness and distance.’
The main harness on Eddie realising his full potential as a pro thus far has been inactivity.
‘I’ve got two young daughters so have to work between fights but, over the last year, I’ve been more committed to boxing,’ explains the 5ft 7in self-employed heating and ventilation engineer.
‘I’m always in the gym, always fit, so it’s time to crack on. This season I aim to get as many fights as possible under my belt so that hopefully I can start challenging for titles next season. I’d like to go Southern Area, English then British and Commonwealth but any title would be fantastic.’
Already a credible ticket seller, Eddie believes his fan base will snowball if he can entice London’s sizeable Turkish community to jump on board, saying:
‘The Turks do like to get behind their fighters. They followed my dad but I don’t speak Turkish so don’t push it. Hopefully, eventually, it’ll happen naturally.’
The prospect kick starts his 2015-16 campaign on the mega ‘Man versus Machine’ promotion at Wembley’s SSE Arena on September 26th, confident he can advance his 5-0-1 stats.
‘‘I’m not just a lot stronger physically, I’m also a lot wiser than when I first turned pro. I no longer rush my work as much. I feel it’s gradually all coming together,’ he said.
‘Wembley represents my first step up to six rounds so hopefully I can deliver a strong, confident display of boxing for the fans; showcase my skills. I’m yet to show what I’m truly capable of. My first stoppage win would be the jackpot!’
Priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150* tickets are available from www.frankwarren.com, SSE Arena, Wembley on 0844 815 0815 and www.axs.com and Eventim on 0844 249 1000 and www.eventim.co.uk
Buglioni v Chudinov headlines ’Man vs. Machine’ with London hotshot Frank Buglioni challenging WBA World Super-Middleweight Champion Fedor Chudinov for his crown.
An action packed card also features Cromer battler Ryan Walsh facing Hull’s Samir Mouneimne with the Vacant British Featherweight Title on the line; all-action Erith talent Lewis Pettitt challenges for the Vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Championship against Bobby Jenkinson; Penge hero Bradley Skeete defends his WBO European Welterweight crown against Heywood’s Mark Thompson; plus on the undercard Dulwich light-middleweight Ahmet Patterson; exciting heavyweight Dereck Chisora goes in over ten rounds; light-middleweight ace Gary Corcoran; Dublin lightweight Jamie Kavanagh; Canning Town lightweight Romeo Romaeo; Dagenham lightweight Ediz Hussein; Chingford super-featherweight Boy Jones Jnr, and Chelmsford super-featherweight Billy Long.
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