Boxer’s rise to stardom through social media
Australian boxer Bilal Akkawy has taken his boxing career to the next level winning his 19th fight to remain undefeated at Madison Square Garden over the weekend.
Fighting in the super middleweight division, he maintained his unbeaten record with a seventh-round stoppage win over Victor Fonseca of Mexico as the undercard at the middleweight world championship showdown on Sunday.
The referee stopped the fight with Akkawy unloading on Fonseca on the ropes, taking the 25-year-old’s record to 19 wins and a draw with 14 knockouts.
Joining Matt Granland and James Willis on Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast, Akkawy explained how he was found and how he has became close with boxing champion Camillo Alvarez “A friend of mine used to always send out videos to a whole bunch of people in boxing and 1 of them happened to be Camillo Alvarez trainer. He liked what he saw so he brought me over for sparring and they were impressed and they brought me back over again and they’ve basically got me fights, that’s just how it happened.
“I was a bit surprised at the start, it took a while to sink in.”
Bilal credits his father as the most influential man in his development up the ranks, he always “looked up to him” and if Jeff Horn knocked on his door for a fight he would love the opportunity.