Harris Akbar

By 10th January 2019


  • 2018 GB Boxing Championships – Gold
  • 2018 England National Champion – Gold
  • 2017 GB Boxing Championships – Gold
  • 2017 England National Championships – Gold
  • 2016 European Youth Championships – Silver
  • 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games – Gold


Harris, born in Bradford, was a massive martial arts fan as a child. His boxing journey began when a local coach came into his Dad’s butcher’s shop and asked him to bring Harris down to see if he liked it. A vey enthusiastic Harris went down and wanted to get involved straight away.

After finding his right weight division, everything started to click. Harris used his dedication to earn a call up to the Yorkshire squad, which then resulted in him gaining the colours for England. In 2017, GB Boxing asked Harris to come for an assessment. Akbar was already a medallist at the European Youth Championships, Commonwealth Youth Games Champion and ranked in the top 3 for amateurs at 69kg.

Harris who has joined the programme in the last year has produced back to back GB Boxing championship gold medals in 2017-18.

Akbar uses pervious boxers who have been on the programme like Anthony Joshua and Joshua Buatsi as a motivation to keep pushing to his ultimate dreams. Harris hopes that his boxing career will let him open up his own gym.