Atif Shafiq is living the life as he prepares for his all Yorkshire
showdown with Andy Townend on October 5 in Barnsley.
‘Unique’ Shafiq displayed a career-best performance last time out,
defeating Lee Appleyard in a fight that some neutrals favoured
Appleyard going into. After an excellent display in Sheffield, the
Shafiq show now rolls into Barnsley’s Metrodome where himself and
Townend will contest the right to fight for the British title.
Shafiq opened up about the Townend fight and what potentially lies
ahead for the Sheffield based Lightweight.
He said, “Townend is a good strong British level fighter, but I think
I’m a level above and I’m going to prove that on October 5 with
another convincing victory.
“We don’t have camps, training is a way of life in the Ingle Gym. I’m
never out of the gym and putting in work with the likes of Kid
Galahad, Kell Brook and Billy Joe Saunders makes me want to push on to
what they have achieved.”
The Ingle gym is filled with talent with the likes of Kell Brook,
Billy Joe Saunders and many more basing themselves out of the esteemed
Sheffield boxing institution. Shafiq opened up about what life is like
currently inside the Ingle Gym.
He said, “It’s brilliant being around the likes of Billy Joe and Kell
and being able to train with them. Also, Liam Williams, Jason Quigley
and Willie Hutchinson have come into the gym as well as the lads who
have been here for years. The atmosphere is fantastic and I’m loving
every minute of it.”
The winner of the Shafiq Townend showdown will be mandatory for Lewis
Ritson’s British title. The Rotherham native opened up about the
possibilities of fighting for the British title before the year is
Shafiq said, “The British title is firmly in my sights. I think Lewis
Ritson will vacate and credit to him, he’s been a revelation and he
will go onto bigger and better things I expect.
“If he doesn’t vacate I’d be happy to fight him, but I think he will
and if that is the case I want Joe Cordina next. I’ll fight anyone for
the British title but the British title represents the best in Britain
and that should be myself vs Joe Cordina.”
Tickets for Shafiq vs Townend are available directly from Atif Shafiq
through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram