Hurricane Harris talks

By Cain Bradley on October 25, 2016
Hurricane Harris talks
“I punch from all angles and move a lot,” he says, “which makes me very hard to hit.”

“I lost five of my first 10 fights. Since then, I have won 87 with over 30 stoppages and only lost five; all on debatable decisions…”

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Mo Harris Akbar. I am 17 years old and box for Bradford College.

How did you get into boxing?

I started boxing when my father took me to a boxing gym at 10 as I was overweight.

What is your record?

92-10! I lost five of my first ten fights. I lost some more weight and dedicated myself even harder. Since then, I have won 87 with over 30 stoppages and only lost five; all on debatable decisions.

What achievements have you had in the boxing ring?

I have won three national titles and four British titles. I also won a commonwealth title, 9 box cups, a European silver in 2016 and the Ringside World Championship. I was awarded best junior boxer in 2014 and in 2016 was awarded outstanding youth.

How would you describe your style? 

I’m an orthodox boxer who gets described as very awkward. I punch from all angles and move a lot which makes me very hard to hit.

What is coming up next for you? 

I am boxing in the Youth World Championships which takes place in November.

How about future goals, is Tokyo 2020 too early?

My overall aim at the moment is qualifying for the 2020 Olympics

Have you planned for any changes for turning senior?

It is next year that I become a senior and I am just as successful.

What senior boxers at your weight do you expect to come up against over the next few years and what do you know about them?

I cannot say who my main opposition will be as a senior as boxers change weight so frequently and I only take one bout at a time.

Give us three bouts you would like to see made (amateur or pro)?

Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Vasyl Lomachenko, Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko and Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin are bouts I would like to see. They would all be good bouts.

Who gave you your toughest fight?

It was in the 2015 youth finals. I was up against Danny Barrett, a tough boxer from Hooks. I felt I was dominating the fight but the judges had us drawing entering the final round. Despite being the youngest entry in the championships, giving up two years in age I came through and stopped him in the final round.

Can you give us an under the radar boxer we should keep an eye on?

There are a lot of good amateurs coming up from the 1998 and 1999 boys so there is exciting times ahead.

How can we keep up with your exploits?

Follow me on Facebook at Mo Harris Akbar. There is also videos of me training and some bouts on my YouTube channel, Harris Hurricane Akbar. I would also like to thank my sponsor TASS and coach Mally Maciver.

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