SAHIR Iqbal is planning to end 2019 on a high after a rollercoaster few months.

Following the death of trainer Oliver Harrison, the Manchester fight favourite who was Amir Khan’s first professional cornerman, unbeaten Farnworth fighter Iqbal has been working with Johnney Roye.

Now the 23-year-old welterweight is looking to make it seven wins out of seven as a professional on home soil at the Whites Hotel on Friday night, December 20.

In his second fight with Roye, based at MTK Manchester in Lostock Hall, Preston, Iqbal will step up to six rounds when he takes on the durable Sheffield-based Cameroonian Serge Ambomo.

“I’m happy the fight is close now, I’ve been training since my last fight and feel I’ve improved a lot since then and have a lot more to show,” he said.

“Training has been great. This being my first six rounder means we’ve stepped it up in all aspects of training.

“There’s been a lot of intense workouts and top class sparring with world level boxers, so I’m more than ready for December 20.

“It’s definitely good to be out again before the end of the year, I want to be active and fight as often as I can.

“In the past 12 months a lot has happened in terms of training as I’ve changed gyms and trainers, but I couldn’t be happier.

“I’m learning a lot, improving in all departments and getting the opportunities I’ve wanted.”

Iqbal, who has one knockout in his six wins, was a points winner over Kevin McCauley in his last fight at the same venue in September.

After a decorated amateur career that included a European Championship silver medal he turned professional in March 2018 with many in the sport tipping him for big things.

Iqbal recently 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.

Also on their show in Bolton on Friday night are rising stars including Pierce O’Leary, Blane Hyland, Paddy Donovan, Macaulay McGowan, Muhammad Ali Zahid, Ross Cooksey, Mickey Ellison and Mike McGoldrick.

The action will be streamed live on YouTube channel iFL TV.