BOXER Kash Ali is being inspired by Tyson Fury as he sets about landing a shot at the British title in the next 12 months.
The Rotherham fighter took his pro record to 17-1 by outpointing Pole Kamil Sokolowski at the Barnsley Metrodome last month.
Ali plans on being busy this year and has another fight pencilled in on March 27 at Sheffield's Ponds Forge.
And as he launches straight back into training for the contest, memories of Fury's crushing defeat of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas recently are still fresh in the memory.
“Was it inspiring? Yes it was,” said Kash.
“I have sparred Tyson in the past and I have always said he is stronger than people give him credit for. With his style, boxing long, he doesn't always put the power in but as you saw with the Wilder fight, he changed his style and came forward and started pressing and he was too big and strong for Wilder in every department.
Kash Ali with his team.
“Personally, hopefully I can hopefully pick up some titles this year and maybe get a shot at the British by the year's end. Daniel Dubois, the current champion, is fighting Joe Joyce at the London 02 in April and I reckon after that fight it will be quite wide open.”
Since his suspension last year for biting David Price in their 02 clash last summer, 28-year-old Ali has shown remorse and made a fresh start with Rotherham-based trainer Richard Towers.
The win over the durable Sokolowski was his second with his new team, original opponent Josh Sandland having pulled out just days before.
“If anything, Sokolowski was on the same level,” said Ali.
“He had more experience and had beaten some good unbeaten kids. He is one of those who, if you're not on the ball, he can beat you.
“I got the victory, I'm feeling good and the aim is to keep improving bit by bit.”