Oldham boxing prospect Aqib Fiaz has signed a multi-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.

The rising super featherweight made it five wins out of five as a professional with a points win over Dean Jones at the Manchester Arena last month.

Tipped for big things, the 20-year-old trains under Jamie Moore at the VIP Gym in Astley in a stable that includes two-weight world champion Carl Frampton among others.

“I’ve worked my whole life for a deal like this,” said Fiaz.

“I’d like to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing. I can’t thank them enough for giving me this opportunity.

“I’m only 20-years-old and I’m already being trained by one of the best trainers in the country in Jamie Moore. Now on top of that I’ve been signed to the best boxing promoters in the world.
 “I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get back out there and cracking on with the next chapter of my career.

“I feel like a caged animal with this isolation and I’m ready to go now. I’m still training in my garage at home, keeping fit and ready to make my big Matchroom debut later this year.”

Fiaz turned professional in March 2019 following a fine amateur career in which he represented England at senior level twice.

In all he won nine area titles and a National Youth Title at 60kg in 75 amateur contests.

His rapid rise in the sport came after first taking up boxing to lose weight, Fiaz dubbed ‘Tyson’ after Mike on entering Northside ABC and showing his power in his first sparring sessions.

Now he finds himself in a  thriving gym working under a fighter whose style he has always admired.

“I’m a come-forward pressure fighter and I’ve always studied the likes of Michael Gomez, Ricky Hatton and Jamie Moore,” Fiaz said.  

“I can also box as well because I boxed for England, I’ve boxed at a high level as an amateur and there’s a lot of sides to my game that I haven’t shown in the ring yet. 

 “I started boxing around the age of 11 which was when I had my first fight. I was very overweight as a kid. At first it was all about losing weight, but I ended up falling in love with the sport. I lost my first amateur fight but I enjoyed the competition, being punched in the face and punching someone back

“I was first invited to the VIP Gym as a sparring partner for Carl Frampton when he boxed Josh Warrington. From there I asked Jamie if he’d like to train me and he said yes.

"I’ve been there since the beginning of 2019 and I’m constantly improving. I’m learning loads from Carl, Jack (Catterall) and Rocky (Fielding) and soaking it all up.

“Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin is the next show in Manchester, so I’d love to get on that one for my first fight with Eddie.

"It’s absolutely massive and one of the shows that I’d be at as a fan if I wasn’t boxing. You’ve got Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano and Callum Johnson in a European Title fight. If I’m on that then it will be the icing on the cake.”

Hearn, who guides the career of Anthony Joshua among other top names in the sport, liked what he saw on Fiaz’s Manchester Arena debut.

"I was very impressed with his performance on the Jono Carroll vs. Scott Quigg undercard last month and Jamie Moore has been raving about his talents for a while,” the promoter said.

“It always helps being a big ticket seller in this game and Aqib has already got a huge following in Oldham.

“I'm looking forward to watching his career develop over the next few years."