Khaleel Majid Exclusively Speaks To NoSmokeSport About Signing With Matchroom/DAZN
Khaleel Majid has signed a multi-fight deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, it was confirmed earlier today.
The Bolton-based super lightweight exclusively spoke to NoSmokeSport.com about his new promotional deal and his journey up until this point.
Majid started boxing at a young age and took to it very quickly, “I was like 7 years old, just a chubby kid that went to the gym, just followed my dad really.”
Boxing for Majid, like many others, started as a fitness activity but over ten years and nearly 100 amateur fights later, it was a lifestyle. “I had 97-98 amateur fights, lost 7-8. I boxed for England 12 times, I had a decent amateur career but my goal was to go on the GB podium (squad) but it didn’t happen.”
The 25-year-old quickly switched to the professional scene after a few bad decisions turned him away from the unpaid ranks. The end goal for ‘Major’ was always to become a world champion and that was instilled in him from the amateurs.
Majid joined middleweight contender Hamzah Sheeraz out in the US for his training, an experience he believes has been vital for his development. “US gyms are very different to UK gyms, the training out there is a bit more advanced. When you’re sparring it’s very hostile, it’s a full house.”
At 10-0 having completed his apprenticeship on the small hall shows, the unbeaten 140-pounder wants to really push on with his career now after inactivity mainly through injury and the pandemic have meant that he’s moved at a pace slower than he would’ve liked.
The first step to doing that was signing an advisory deal with Sam Jones. “I’ve known Sam for quite some time now, I was meant to sign with him a couple of years ago but it didn’t materialize. Me and Sam have kept in contact and it was time for me to move on with my career. Sam’s very good at his job and we’ve got a nice little plan together.”
Through signing with Sam Jones, Majid has also inked a new promotional deal with Hearn/Matchroom that will see him fight on DAZN with a July Matchroom debut planned.
“I was actually gonna sign with another promoter but then I signed with Sam… and Sam delivered (Matchroom) for me. They’ve got the platform, they’ve got some of the best fighters in the world and I think most fighters want to be with Matchroom, to be honest with you. The way they push the fighter, it was a no-brainer.”
“I’ve been out for a year injured, made a quick comeback in Feb and as soon as Ramadan’s finished, I want to get back in training and get the next fight, I want titles this year. Sam’s offered me opponents and I’ve said ‘yes’ to every single one of them.”
Majid is a big ticket seller who regularly shifts 600+ tickets when he fights, a fanbase that will only grow now that he is under the promotional powerhouse that is Matchroom. “I’m grateful for the support I get, especially around the North-West, my plan is to bring big nights back to Manchester.”
The Heaton boxer holds stoppage wins over the normally very durable pair of Naeem Ali and Jamie Quinn in his last three outings. With ten wins and 39 rounds already under his belt, the time to step up into title fights is now and Matchroom is the company that has been tasked with helping Majid do it.
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