AQIB Fiaz's trainer Jamie Moore believes his charge now has the promotional deal to match his undoubted talent.

Oldham's rising star linked up with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom stable shortly before the country went into lockdown having impressed on his Manchester Arena debut in March.

He may be just 20, but having won all five of his fights Fiaz is being tipped for big things as he trains alongside world-class fighters such as Carl Frampton, Martin Murray and Jack Catterall at Moore's base at the VIP Gym in Astley.

"He’s like a trainer’s dream, Aqib," Salford's former British and European light-middleweight champion told VIP Boxing.

"He’s one of those kids where you don’t have to ask him to do anything, he’s there every day.

"You're coaching and you ask him to try a certain thing and then you turn around five minutes later and he’s on the bag practicing exactly what you’ve asked him to do.

"He’s a sponge, he’s young, he’s enthusiastic, he’s got all the right attributes to go all the way and now he’s got this deal with Matchroom so he’s got the platform to do it.

"It was good for him to get out a big show, it was a good experience, he’s a big ticket seller so it’s easy for him to do a big deal with a promoter like Eddie and Eddie will guide him in the right way.

"I definitely think he will be ready to step up sooner rather than later."

Fiaz last month told the Oldham Times he would "fight for free" in order to secure a return to action on one of Hearn's cards behind closed doors. Manager Steve Wood is pressing his case, the former Northside ABC fighter having been pencilled in to be part of the Dillian Whyte-Alexander Povetkin undercard at the Manchester Arena before the coronavirus pandemic saw plans change.

"Steve Wood mentioned that he’d asked Eddie if he could get Aqib on one of his shows when things get back up and running," said Moore.

"Potentially he might be on one at the end of July."