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Chubzy aims to outshine clubmate on ring return; BOXING.

RETURNING South Bank lightweight Shafiq 'Chubzy' Asif is aiming to upstage his teammate Josh Leather on the November 22 Gateshead bill being co-promoted by Frank Warren and Steve Wraith.

Asif will return from a year out of the ring in a four-round contest after being added to a bill which sees Warren's Northeast signings Leather, Simon Vallily and Bradley Saunders box closer to home for the first time.

An England junior international in the amateurs, Asif impressed in rattling off six straight wins last year but the loss of his grandfather allied to illness and injury has led to his extended spell on the sidelines.

The 21-year-old has recovered from the stomach problem which forced him to withdraw from his Northern Area title showdown against Kirk Goodings in the summer however and is looking hungry again according to Imran Naeem, who trains devout Muslim Asif and Guisborough's Leather at the pro-am Natural Progression gym in Stockton.

"Chubzy has just come back from helping orphans in the refugee camps in Syria and Turkey for two-and-a-half weeks and can't wait to get back in and box again," Naeem said.

"It's a big boost for him returning on a high profile bill featuring so many North-east prospects.

"He said he is going to steal the show from Josh and Josh has said he is going to steal it from Chubzy, so there is a great friendly rivalry between them which can only help our gym.

"We've agreed that whoever boxes best has to buy me and the other one dinner. So I'm a winner either way!" Leather - ABA lightweight champion in 2012 - will be boxing for the second time as a professional in Gateshead after debuting with a points win against Joe Beedon on Warren's mammoth Copper Box bill in London on September 21.

Middlesbrough cruiserweight Vallily will be going for a fourth pro win and third in quick succession.

The 28-year-old beat tough Lithuanian Rolandas Cesna 40-36 on points on Warren's latest charity fight night in Bayswater, London on Monday night, which was televised live on satellite channel BoxNation and featured a seventh pro victory for Saunders.

Former ABA and Commonwealth Games champion Vallily put in a patient performance against the unambitious Lithuanian, who never gave him much of a target to aim at and was content to survive rather than try and win.

Vallily landed some heavy blows even though Cesna spent most of the fight in survival mode, and shook him with a counter left hook in the third round when the East European briefly came out of his defensive shell. Vallily said: "Frank and Francis (Warren's son) have got me two bouts in three weeks and I'm feeling good again.

"I've got the ring rust off and I feel like I'm really moving again now.

"I'm out again in the Northeast and that will be a good show as well."

Sedgefield's Saunders, 27, stopped Bradford on Avon's game Gareth Heard with fourth round body blows after Vallily recorded his latest win, prompting Warren to describe him as a British champion in waiting.

"When he gets down to light welterweight he is going to be some beast at that weight," Warren said.

"He can fight and he is hurtful.

He wants to take you out with everything.

"Over the next year we are going to see him up there and we are all going to be talking about him. After 10 fights we are going to go for a British title. He is the business."

Amateur star Saunders - a World Championship bronze medallist in 2007 and 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist - now trains out of the MGM gym in Marbella, Spain.

He added: "I won 16 national titles as an amateur and I wasn't bothered about winning one.

"Now I want to be British champion."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Oct 10, 2013
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