PENARTH boxer Haaris Khan is set to make his professional fighting debut later next weekend in Cardiff.

Mr Khan, trained by former IBF World Champion Lee Selby will make his professional Light Heavyweight debut on Saturday, November 18 at the Vale Sports Arena.

The 23-year-old has won a few titles since his boxing career started at age 8, including the prestigious Haringey Cup at the Alexandra Place in 2019.

Mr Khan told the Penarth Times of his excitement to make his professional debut.

He said: “I’m feeling very fit and ready, the training camp couldn’t have gone any better. I have been training for months with my Coach Lee Selby who has prepared me for this fight both physically and mentally.

Penarth Times: Khan in action. Picture: Haaris KhanKhan in action. Picture: Haaris Khan (Image: Haaris Khan)“I’m going on 23 now and felt like it was the right time to make the move into professional sport. As a man, I feel mature and prepared for the task ahead with the team I have, there is no reason why I can’t emulate my coach Lee Selby and go all the way.”

He has won multiple Senior Welsh Championship Titles, and qualified and represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

Since he started boxing at Penarth ABC and Grange ABC The Boxer, he has been involved in over 60 fights in his career as an Amateur boxer and even won a promotional deal place alongside the industry institution Sanigar Events.

Now he is set to make his professional boxing debut in the Light Heavyweight category next weekend in Cardiff.

He added: “As a young amateur boxer, I always dreamed of becoming a professional and fighting for the biggest honours in the sport.

Penarth Times: Haaris Khan in training preparing for his professional boxing debut. Picture: Haaris KhanHaaris Khan in training preparing for his professional boxing debut. Picture: Haaris Khan (Image: Haaris Khan)“I've been lucky enough to be surrounded by a great family and community, as well as people like Chris Sanigar, Andrew and Lee Selby who have all been involved at the highest level.

"I know I will need to take my career step by step and by linking with my Management and Promotional Team, Sanigar Events, I have the very best team behind me to progress my career in the right way.”

Mr Khan aims to follow in the footsteps of his head coach Lee Selby and become a World Champion for Wales.

He added: “Being a professional is a tough route to choose but as long as I focus on my boxing and partner with the right people along the way, I'll give myself every chance to become a proud World Champion from Wales."

"I'm excited, and optimistic for the future and can't wait to make my debut on 18th November at The Vale Sports Centre in Cardiff.”