Fawaz Aborode is into the round of 16 at the Men's World Boxing Championships ©AIBA

Teenage sensation Fawaz Aborode has said he is grateful to be competing at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Men's Boxing World Championships after giving the Fair Chance Team (FCT) its first victory at the competition.

The 19-year-old, who lives in Aberdeen in Scotland but was born in Nigeria, is a member of the newly-formed squad which allows athletes who are unable to fight for their national teams, to participate at major events.

As he does not hold a British passport yet, Aborode's only way into the Championships is through FCT, which provides those with international restrictions upon them a chance to fight.

Those affected include asylum seekers, refugees and those who are not citizens of their home country, of which the latter applies to Aborode.

His under-57 kilogram victory against Anthony Joseph of Trinidad and Tobago made him the first boxer on the team to record a win at the tournament, setting up a round of 16 bout against France's Samuel Kistohurry.

Aborode moved to Aberdeen when he was seven from his home nation and took up boxing at 14, having been inspired by one of Britain's most famous boxers and London 2012 gold medallist, Anthony Joshua.

Anthony Joshua is Fawaz Aborode's boxing idol ©Getty Images
Anthony Joshua is Fawaz Aborode's boxing idol ©Getty Images

"I saw a video of Anthony Joshua and I look up to him, he's my role model," said Aborode to insidethegames.

"I started watching and just thought, 'why not?' and since then I was going to the gym and I've stuck to it.

"He's another Nigerian and to see what he’s done his family came to the UK and he accomplished all that, and he stays humble so that’s why I look up to him."

He was added to the FCT following the draw for the World Championships.

"My coach told me the day of the draws, they took me to a hotel room and said because I don't have a British passport and just a Nigerian passport, I'd need to represent the Fair Chance Team," he added.

"I feel grateful and blessed and so happy that my hard work is paying off now.

"I feel good and ready to go - the hard work is done and it's time to perform."

Samuel Kistohurry is to face Fawaz Aborode in the last 16 ©AIBA
Samuel Kistohurry is to face Fawaz Aborode in the last 16 ©AIBA

On paper, Aborode is not match fit, having been unable to compete in a match for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he seemed unfazed by the move up to the senior level.

"I haven't fought in two years and it was my first fight as a senior so it was a good experience to get into the ring and I'm looking forward to the next one.

"I didn't get to represent my country but I’m glad that Fair Chance let me box with them, so I came all this way and I'm glad just to be able to box.

"[In future] I want to go all the way.

"I want to win world titles, I want to win gold at World Championships and I want to do amazing things in this sport and enjoy it."

Aborode is set to face Kistohurry of France on Monday (November 1) in the under-57kg category.