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Boxing: Sanjeev Sahota and Sam McNess face career-defining bouts at Copper Box on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 July 2017

Sanjeev Sahota (right) in action earlier this year (pic: Natalie Mayhew)`

Sanjeev Sahota (right) in action earlier this year (pic: Natalie Mayhew)`

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Sanjeev Sahota and Sam McNess seek further success at Stratford’s Copper Box on Saturday.

Super-lightweight Sahota could have chosen an easier way of life away from the ring with his family’s flourishing international wholesale food business.

With their premises in Emerson Park and Romford he is certainly not in the ‘hungry fighter’ category, but the 25-year-old insists he loves the sport and will give it his all to reach the top.

Sahota’s fans love the smiling prospect and his following of over 300 will cheer him on come Saturday when he is due to face Luka Leskovic.

Sahota calls himself ‘The Sikh Warrior’, but he was certainly not a fighter in his early days.

“I was bullied at my school in Upminster because of the colour of my skin and I was a bit chubby,” said Sahota.

After moving to Spain with his family at the age of 14, he took up boxing, earning amateur honours in that country and still has regular training camps in Murcia.

Sahota returned to the UK to launch a pro career under promoter Frank Warren, starting his paid campaign in April last year and scoring three stoppage wins in his seven successes.

Sahota now trains under Dominic Negus and Lennie Butcher at Harold Hill’s Five Star gym, plus sessions at the Fitness First centre in Romford where manager Nigel Coe was 
a national title winner in his own ring career at Hornchurch BC.

“I have the right people behind me and blessed with such great support, I have the dedication to make it,” insists Sahota.

Meanwhile, Collier Row super welterweight McNess bids for the Southern Area title against Reading ‘s Asinia Byfield on the same bill.

Battle-hardened Byfield has lost just one of 13 bouts, but McNess vows ready to step up.

Two other Peacock gym punchers, light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde and heavyweight Daniel Dubois appear on the bill, screened by BT Sport and Box Nation.

Also on Saturday at York Hall, Collier Row-based cruiserweight Mark Little bids to extend a four-fight winning run against Yorkshire’s Darren Snow.

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