Alex Dilmaghani goes from playing boxing computer games to featuring himself

Surrey slickster Alex Dilmaghani spent his childhood playing as his heroes on the Fight Night computer game.

But now the British super-featherweight ace is a big enough name to be featured on a game himself.

And he can't wait to win a world title virtually and in reality.

Dilmaghani, 29, takes on Samir Ziani next week for the European title behind closed doors at Channel 5's studios in Redditch.

But he believes his fight of the year contender against Francisco Fonseca last November alerted the Sheffield makers of a new boxing game to get him on board.

“I think that fight made my stock soar in boxing,” said Dilmaghani, who felt like he deserved more than a draw against Fonseca.

“Not long afterwards Steel City interactive got in touch and wanted to get me involved.”

The new boxing game is called Esports Boxing Club and will feature British boxing stars past and present including Ricky Hatton and Frank Bruno.

The British-based company have moved to make the game after fight fans grew frustrated with EA Sports for failing to make a boxing game since 2011.

“When I was a kid I would play Fight Night all the time so to get asked to be involved in this really is great,” said Dilmaghani.

“There are some big names involved in it. It is great to be among those.

“I can't wait to play as myself and put me in with some of the best in boxing.

“But the only fighter who is allowed to knock me out is Erik Morales.”

Back in reality, Dilmaghani returns to the ring for the first time since that clash with Fonseca next week looking to take a huge step towards his world title dream.

The European belt is on the line against French southpaw Ziani which will fire him up the world rankings if he wins for the behind-closed-doors clash on terrestrial TV.

“The Fonseca fight has only added to my desire to become world champion,” he said.

“It showed everyone what level I'm at and I've grown from it.

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“I'm going to do my job. I plan on dominating him even if there is nobody there it won't make a difference.

“But there will be plenty watching on TV and I will remind them again about how good I am.

“This is an important step to take and will put me closer to achieving my dream.”

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