By: Liam Gilsenan
Salford’s Marc Leach will aim for the biggest win of his career this Saturday night when he takes on unbeaten prospect Qais Ashfaq in Peterborough.
Leach, who lost in his first professional outing, holds a record of fourteen wins, one draw and one defeat and will head into the bout as a significant underdog and knows he has a big mountain to climb if he is to see his hand raised when the final bell sounds.
Alan Drewett of boxing website EatSleepBoxingRepeat believes Leach will be a true test for Ashfaq.
“Marc Leach will be in for a tough night against Qais but they both know a lot about each other,” said Drewett.
“I wouldn’t rule out a close points decision either way. Having lost his first professional fight Leach has been on an upward curve since and will no doubt fancy his chances against an old friend and sparring partner.”
Leach was due in the ring in March but the Jamie Moore trained fighter was pulled out just two days before the bout due to pandemic and will surely be relishing the chance to land a statement win over the former Olympic standout.
Ashfaq certainly has built a lot of hype around himself with his stint in the amateurs showing just how good he can be, he picked up silver in the Commonwealth games and was apart of team GB for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.
For the silver medallist he was last seen in the ring in November 2019 when he picked up his first professional title, the WBA continental super bantamweight crown, with a dominant points verdict over once beaten Joe Ham, the win was the first significant win for the Leeds man having previously only beaten perennial journeyman.
But the professional ranks are different to the amateurs and the 27-year-old southpaw from Leeds will know that this will be his toughest task to date and will be a good marker for exactly what level he is currently at.
It’s a tough ask for Leach he’s facing a tricky, slick southpaw who certainly knows his way around the ring and can walk people onto to fast, sharp counters with the fight also being broadcast in the US and being exposed to an overseas audience this is the biggest chance of both men’s careers.