Luqmaan ‘Prince’ Patel is going into his second professional fight on Friday as he continues his quest to be world champion by the end of 2017.
The 22-year-old needed just 90 seconds to beat Patrik Kovac in March and will be in action against Brett Fidoe at York Hall on Friday on the Frank Warren Show.
The passionate sportsman is keen to emulate his heroes Prince Naseem and Floyd Mayweather while wowing the crowd with his ambidextrous style.
He said: “I was a big Prince Naseem fan, but as I got older it was all about Floyd Mayweather. I liked his hitting and not getting hit aspect and the entertainment they bring.
“I box southpaw and orthodox, which causes confusion for my opponent. I punch hard with both hands and I’m very fast and look to entertain the crowd.
“I wanted to be better than everyone. I wanted to excel in everything I did. I want to be better than anyone else.”
The competitiveness Prince has stems from his upbringing at an all-boys school in Isleworth.
He said: “Everyone wanted to be better than anyone else. If someone was playing rugby for a county you’d try to get to the next level.”
The flyweight has been taken into Frank Warren’s stable and Prince is delighted to be working with a promoter who has been alongside some of the best British boxers in recent years.
He said: “Frank saw my potential on my debut. He has multiple world champions in his stable. He managed Ricky Hatton and Prince Haseem among others. He has been with the top guys in the country and now it’s my turn.”
Leander Construction Group and Eveready Tool Hire are currently Prince’s sponsors and he remains grateful for their support.
“The owners Iain Prain and Eddie Shepherd have been extremely supportive of my ability and potential. I’d like to thank them both for all the help and encouragement I’ve received.”
If anyone is interested in sponsoring Patel, contact commercial manager Micah Frizzle on 07883 974 439.