• Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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British boxer Prince Patel dedicates Commonwealth crown to two late friends

Prince Patel became the first-ever Commonwealth Champion of Indian descent. (Image: [email protected])

By: Sattwik Biswal

PRINCE PATEL dedicated his last week’s Commonwealth crown to two of his late friends.

The British super-flyweight boxer having had won other world-ranking titles such as WBO Global, WBO Africa, WBA Intercontinental and IBF Continental Africa.

“After nine tough rounds in 31-degree heat in Accra Ghana, I am incredibly proud to have become the first-ever Commonwealth Champion of Indian descent,” he told WBN in an interview.

“I would like to dedicate this victory to the memory of my late friend Heavy D. Also, my former amateur coach Tony Burns. I will always miss both.

“I’d also like to thank Dave Perriera, James T Booth, and Old John for their help and advice along the way.”

Patel, could well be the next top-ranked fighter if he carries the momentum over the next twelve months.

Ashley Theophane, another British fighter defended Patel’s quest for recognition by participating in global events.

“When you’re shut out by the promoters in your country, so you fight abroad instead. I don’t personally know him. But I admire what he’s doing as I’ve been through the same situation,” Theophane said.

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