A boxer has spoken about smashing stereotypes about Muslim women.

Safiyyah Syeed also told of her pride at being shortlisted in the rising star in the sports category at the British Muslim Awards. Saf ‘THB’ Syeed will find out if she will be crowned a winner at the elegant ceremony taking place in February.

Three hundred of the most remarkable British Muslims are shortlisted as finalists for the 9th British Muslim Awards 2022.

Safiyyah trains at the Team Greaves Boxing Gym in Oldham alongside working in a bank and studying a law degree.

The talented 20-year-old had just two fights in her career before Covid halted it. But now, she’s ready to get back in the ring.

While not being able to fight, Safiyyah has been busy with various new projects including training at the Ramla Ali’s Sisters Club, filming an ad with Jean Paul Gaultier and even starting her own boxing classes for girls.

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She said: “It feels great to be nominated.

“I never had anyone to look up to in in the sport and I hope I can break the stereotypes and make it easier for the Asians coming through the sport. Especially women.”

Saffiyah aims to compete in the annual England Boxing National Amateur Championships later this year and the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The award exists to recognise a wide range of achievements from inspiring individuals. This includes those who positively impact business, charity, sport, arts, culture, religious advocacy, education and medicine among others.

The awards showcase the strength of the British Muslim community, their impact on our culture and achievements over the last year.  Categories include Muslim in the Community, Young Achiever of the Year and Spirit of Britain.

The event will be held on Thursday, 24 February in the British Muslim, Heritage Centre in Manchester, where some of the most accomplished and influential Muslims will gather for a night to celebrate their success.

The 9th British Muslim Awards 2022 are organised by Oceanic Consulting.

CEO Irfan Younis said “The British Muslim community is one to really be celebrated and talked about.

“They’re a community of amazing achievements, skilled entrepreneurs, business acumen, social mobility and inspiring role models who have consistently gone from strength to strength. Best of luck to all finalists, we look forward to an exciting night.”