Manchester based Bengali boxer Moniah Miah tastes success in debut

Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Contributing Editor,Shottobani

London: Moniah Miah, a 23-year-old boxer from Manchester, has achieved a remarkable milestone by winning his first professional boxing fight due to his unwavering dedication and passion for the sport.

Moniah’s personal odyssey in boxing commenced in 2017 with the modest aim of shedding some pounds, but it swiftly evolved into a profound affection for the sport. Guided by his mentor, Steven, from Hamer ABC in Rochdale, Moniah’s latent talent was acknowledged, and he was urged to explore the realm of competitive boxing.

“I got into boxing at first, wanting to lose weight. I never was interested in boxing before,” Moniah shared with Shottobani. “But once I started getting into it, I just loved it. The adrenaline every time I get in the ring gives me the thrill and love for the sport.”

Prior to his professional debut, Moniah Miah amassed a string of victories as an amateur, clinching the title of Northwest Amateur Boxing Champion in 2019 and making it to the national semi-final. Notably, he also secured a silver medal at the esteemed Hull Box Cup, one of the UK’s premier boxing events.

Despite a temporary setback due to the COVID-19 lockdown, which forced a two-year break from active competition, Moniah continued to train and maintain his skills. This year, he decided to turn professional, and his hard work paid off with a remarkable debut.

In March, Moniah Miah went head-to-head with the seasoned 78-fight boxer Lee Hallett of Canning Town, London, in a four-round welterweight bout at The University of Bolton Stadium. Leveraging his lightning-fast punching ability and nimble footwork, Moniah emerged victorious with a well-deserved points win, scoring 40-36 over the wily and experienced Hallett.

Looking ahead, Miah’s plans in boxing are centred around dedicating himself entirely to the sport and reaching his maximum potential. More importantly, his motivation extends beyond personal accomplishments. As one of the first professional boxers from the Bengali community, he aims to inspire and pave the way for younger generations, providing relatable role models he lacked during his upbringing.

Moniah Miah’s family and friends have been a constant source of support, providing necessary equipment, training funding, and recovery resources. The entire family has rallied behind him, offering emotional and practical support throughout his unconventional journey within the community.

With his next fight scheduled for June 29th at the Bolton stadium on the VIP Promotions show, Moniah continues to inspire and break barriers, demonstrating that dedication and passion can overcome any obstacle.

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