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A young Nigerian boxer based in the United Kingdom, Bilal Fawaz, is set to be deported back to his country.


The pugilist, who had represented England six times in major competitions, including in a fight against Nigeria, was detained at the Tinsley House Immigration Centre at Gatwick Airport in West Sussex on Nov 29, according to Daily Mail UK.

The 29-year-old, who was taken to the UK illegally by an uncle when he was 14, was the 2012 ABA light-middleweight champion.

The boxer, popularly known as Kelvin and married to an English woman, initially took up boxing to survive, but he soon became famous as a result of his talents.

His application to remain in the UK has been rejected by the Home Office, which also declared his marriage to the Briton void.

Fawaz said: “I’m allowed to box for England but I’m not allowed to stay in England.

“I’ve spent over half of my life here – I went to school here, I lived here, I’ve boxed for England six times and never lost.

“I am a national champion – in 2014, I even boxed for England against Nigeria, the country they want to deport me to.”

He claims his mother is dead and he has no idea where his father is.

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