Fiaz moves to 5-0
Aqib Fiaz continued his unbeaten run with a points victory over Kane Baker as part of Sunday night's Matchroom Boxing card.
Maverick Stars coach Fiaz featured live on Sky Sports for the first time, and impressed those watching on from home.
“I’d say in this particular fight it probably helped me boxing without fans because I had to stay calm, with a crowd sometimes I’m guilty of getting involved and playing up to them,” Aqib said.
“On the night, I wasn’t that happy with my performance. But watching it back I felt I did really well to stay composed and box off the jab.”
Being shown on television for the first time is always daunting for a young prospect, but Aqib seemed to take it in his stride throughout the week.
“To be fair before the fight had even started, I was thinking to just treat it like a spar because obviously nobody’s here, there’s no pressure,” he said.
“You couldn’t really hide from the pressure because of the cameras and everything else. I definitely missed my fans though.”
Sunday night's fight signified a step up in opposition for Fiaz, one he was happy to take at this stage of his career.
“I believe I will go to the top of the sport and I want to be a world champion,” Aqib said.
“In terms of fights, I need the right fights at the right times, I feel like Sunday was the right fight for me. It’s up to Steve [Wood], Jamie [Moore] and Eddie [Hearn] who I fight, where I fight, when I fight."
“I just get in there and do my job and that’s get the win, no matter who they put in front of me.”
Away from the ring, Aqib does regular coaching sessions with Maverick Stars for children across Greater Manchester.
“I’ve always enjoyed teaching young kids and showing them something new,” he said.
“For them to come away from the session having learnt something, it feels as good as a win to me and fills me with great pride."