Undefeated super featherweight prospect, Aqib Fiaz is aiming to make his ring return in early 2022, following a hand operation.
Fiaz, who is signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and trained by Jamie Moore, secured his seventh straight professional victory at Fight Camp in August, beating Spain’s Kevin Baldospino, having previously overcome Kane Baker in October 2020.
The 22-year-old, who attended Saturday’s thrilling heavyweight rematch between Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora in Manchester, is hopeful of featuring early in the new year.
“I had a hand operation,” Fiaz told proboxing-fans.com on Saturday night.
“So, I had to sit out. I would have been on this show, gutted to miss out, obviously it was a great card.
“But, [I’ll] probably be out early next year now hopefully.
“I’m craving to be out here. The last show before lockdown [Scott Quigg vs Jono Carroll] was in here and I was on that one and it was a great atmosphere.
“I had all my fans here and it was great. So, I’m gutted to miss out tonight, but excited about the future as well, so I can’t wait.”
Parker knocked Chisora down three times on route to a unanimous decision victory, seven months after beating the Brit by spit decision in the same venue.
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Chisora was commended for his bravery during the fight and insisted he would not retire just yet and return to action in the summer.
Fiaz, a former sparring partner of now-retired, former two-weight world champion, Carl Frampton says the 37-year-old deserves the utmost credit.
“What a warrior,” he added.
“For British boxing, the night’s he’s given us, we’ve all got to thank him.
“So, I’m sure he’ll be back and he’ll be in more exciting fights, he’s not going anywhere yet.”
Watch the full interview with Aqib Fiaz below: