Posted on January 16 2019
And that is precisely what Prize Fighter and knock out artist Bilal Akkawy is doing.
At 25 years of age, Bilal has accomplished more in his short career than most, and there is no sign of him slowing down. From fighting in Punch Bowl in Sydney to fighting in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, Bilal is on a mission to dominate the boxing world, and he has the skill, talent and most importantly, the heart to do it!
Bilal follows in his father Mick Akkawy’s footsteps of being a professional boxer. Most unfortunately though Mick’s career was cut short due to a tragic accident.
Not to give up on boxing, Mick went on to start training up and coming boxers, with Bilal getting his first taste of boxing while still running around in his nappies.
Mick has since gone on to train many great fighters with an impressive list of champions including Sonny Bill Williams, Nadar Hamden, Sakio Bika, Anthony Mundine, Junior Talipeau, Lenny Zappavigna and world Karate champion Steve Tran.
Inspired by his father, Bilal committed himself to the sport of boxing. And while he played Soccer and rugby league as a teen (and was no doubt a fantastic athlete) boxing was his ultimate passion.
Boxing has changed Bilal a lot as a person. As an incredibly shy person, going into his first fight was a nerve-wracking event for Bilal, but stepping out a winner, on a high for days, he emerged more confident within himself and more determined than ever to make it to the top.
In the last year alone, Bilal has taken huge leaps in his career, with the opportunity to travel to America and train with team Canelo (Canelo Alvarez) after catching the eye of Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso.
He was Canelo’s sparring partner in the lead up to his fights with GGG (Gennady Golovkin) and Rocky Fielding
During his time in Camp with Canelo, Bilal has had (and won) two professional fights on American soil. His first at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino against Mexico’s Cristian Olivas was a massive moment for Bilal in his career. He won by unanimous decision, and the second at Madison Square Garden against Mexico's Victor Fonseca won by KO.
Mick Akkawy started Prize Fighter and a Boxing career that was cut short far too early, but Bilal is thrilled and excited to join the Prize Fighter family and for the opportunity to finish what his father started. And while he wants nothing more than to make his father proud, I think it’s quite safe to say his father, his family and all his fans are already more than proud and then some!
All of the Prize Fighter family are so incredibly happy for Bilal, and we are so excited to see what the future holds for him and to support him in his goals.
Be sure to follow his journey right here or on Prize Fighters Social Media.