AHMED Adenas Abdullah today bids to make it to the semi-final of the England Boxing Development Championships.
But few people ringside in Norwich will know the hardship the 19-year-old has faced to take his place in the competition.
Adenas arrived in this country a little under three years ago from war-torn Darfur in Sudan, along with his brother, Walid.
The Heart of Portsmouth talent could not speak a word of English as they fled the genocide taking place in their homeland.
But, with the help of their club, the pair have slowly become integrated into English life.
And, despite never lacing gloves before coming to these shores, their talent has quickly surfaced.
Walid, 17, has already seen success, beating international-class rivals on the way to the semi-final of the of England Boxing Junior Championships last season.
Now his brother steps into the spotlight as he takes on Holland Shore’s Daimien Page at 65kg.
Gym 01’s Cain Bradley also tackles CMS’s Jordan Purkis at 56kg, while Riaz Sumra has a 49kg walkover.
Ahmed and Walid’s father, Adenas Abdullah, spoke of his emotion at seeing his children prosper.
He said: ‘I am so proud.
The boys have seen things they shouldn’t.
‘But their confidence is now so high in this country.
‘It’s fantastic to see.’
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