Usman Ahmed says the infamous video of his knockout on YouTube means he’s the biggest name in tomorrow night’s Prizefighter Super Flyweights tournament at Liverpool Olympia, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 and also in 3D.
Ahmed hit the headlines when a video of his extravagant ring walk and first round knockout defeat against Ashley Sexton became a huge hit on the internet. Over five million people have watched one version of the footage, and although Ahmed says he was upset at first, he has enjoyed the attention he’s received from the video.
“I’m probably the biggest name in this because of the video and the format is great for me, it suits me because I like to throw a lot of punches, hit and move and that will excite the fans,” said Ahmed.
“At first the YouTube thing was annoying because it was two videos edited together. The dance was from the Chris Edwards fight for the British and Commonwealth titles not from the Ashley Sexton fight, so that was a bit annoying really.
“But then I looked at it in a positive way as it’s made me famous and everyone knows who I am now.
“Hopefully I will do well tonight and show I’ve got a lot to offer, but I don’t think I really need to prove anything as I’ve earned Commonwealth, British and English title shots and they don’t just get given away.”
Ahmed joined the rest of the line-up at the official weigh-in in Liverpool on Tuesday afternoon, and says that joining up with Dominic Ingle at the famous Wincobank Gym in Sheffield has sorted out his previous weight issues.
“I used to give a lot of weight away – Edwards and Sexton were both a stone heavier than me when we fought so it was a big issue,” said Ahmed. “But now, I have been doing extra training, seeing a nutritionist and I’ve put weight on so that’s sorted now. I’ve also just moved up to Sheffield to work with the Ingles.”