THE new training and management set-up for Bolton’s rising star Sahir Iqbal has been confirmed.

The 23-year-old welterweight has penned a deal with boxing giants MTK Global who look after the careers of some of the sport’s top stars including Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders and Carl Frampton.

Following the death of his trainer Oliver Harrison, the Manchester fight favourite who was Amir Khan’s first professional cornerman, unbeaten Farnworth fighter Iqbal will come under the tutelage of Johnney Roye.

Roye works out of the MTK Manchester gym in Lostock Hall, Preston, and will be overseeing Iqbal’s next outing in his hometown at the Whites Hotel on September 13.

“The past few weeks, training has been hard with the passing of my coach Oliver Harrison,” said Iqbal.

“It was tough getting back on track but I’m very grateful for everything Johnney Roye at MTK Manchester has done for me.

“I’m feeling fit and ready to go and put on a show on September 13.

“I’m excited to get my MTK Global career started with the show in my hometown of Bolton.

“It’s always great to fight there and I bring a big following wherever I go.”

After a decorated amateur career that included a European Championship silver medal, Iqbal has won all five of his fights since turning professional in March 2018.

Having wrestled with his trainer’s death, the former Bury ABC man will now look to kick on with Roye, a seasoned cornerman who worked with Harrison in the past.

“I’ve been working with Sahir for around a month and from what I can see he has a very good boxing brain, is dedicated, humble and intelligent,” said Roye, a former world kickboxing champion who has been part of multiple world title camps.

“I expect success and titles will come for Sahir.

“There’s no reason he can’t repeat what he did as an amateur.

“He’s definitely one to look out for with his natural height being complimented by his boxing IQ.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him kick things off in style on September 13.”

MTK Global’s show at the Whites Hotel on September 13 will feature a mixture of amateur and professional fights, Chorley’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist from 2018 Lisa Whiteside among those in action as she continues to target a fight with double Olympic champion and now professional world title holder Nicola Adams.

All the action is live and free on YouTube channel iFL TV.