Steve Wood’s VIP Promotions return to the Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday night with a professional card headed up by a vacant English super-bantamweight clash.
Zahid Hussain (16-2-0, 2KOs) of Leeds takes on Razaq Najib (12-4-0, 2KOs) from Sheffield in a tasty Yorkshire derby for the vacant strap, over three-and-a-half years on from their initial fight back in 2019. It was Najib who got his hand raised on that occasion after ten rounds in Rotherham, with referee Howard Foster awarding the decision to the Steel City man by a narrow margin of 96-94.
Fast-forward to October 2022 and Hussain has picked up two victories alongside a second-round defeat to top prospect Hopey Price. Najib meanwhile emerged victorious twice himself despite two losses to Carlos Ramos for the European title and Tyrone McCullagh respectively.
Both men badly need a win on Saturday to regain momentum in their career as they look to add their names to an intriguing domestic super-bantamweight division.
The undercard in Doncaster also features a host of domestic prospects, including super-lightweight and former British title challenger Reece Mould (15-1-0, 6KOs) who takes on Jordan Ellison (13-43-3, 1KO) over eight rounds. Brother of Tyson, Roman Fury will make his professional debut versus Ryan Hibbert (2-24-0) at cruiserweight.
Super-welterweight Jake Goodwin (4-0-0) clashes with Serge Ambomo (8-35-3, 4KOs) in a six-round encounter, while Sonny Taylor (7-0-0, 4KOs) takes on Ossie Jervier (6-25-0, 5KOs) over six.
Further down the card, Jake Bray (3-11-0) clashes with Owen Kirk (3-1-0) in a six-round super-welterweight clash, and light-heavyweight Bradley Cousins (3-0-0) takes on experienced journeyman Lewis Van Poetsch (11-150-4, 3KOs) over four. Middleweight Jamie Mellers (3-0-0) is set to fight Seamus Devlin (1-39-1) in a four-round contest, while lightweight Levi Smith (3-0-0, 1KO) takes on Jamie Quinn (10-136-2).
Welterweight Lewis Booth (13-0-0) will face Luke Middleton (2-19-2) in a four-round bout, and fellow 147-pounder Josh Hargreaves (3-0-0) takes on Jake Osgood (0-9-0).