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Hart Graduate to Box Professionally

Posted: February 11, 2008 2:40 a.m.
Updated: April 13, 2008 2:03 a.m.
Hart High graduate and 25-year old boxer Said El Harrak has turned professional.

El Harrak decided to turn down an opportunity to move to Morocco and train for its national team.
He signed a five-year management contract with Northeast manager Mike Criscio of fledgling company Hype Sports.
"I just saw his work ethic, how hard he worked in the gym," said Criscio on why he signed El Harrak. "I thought he'd be a future world champion."
El Harrak was an amateur fighter for 7 1/2 years, training for a period at the Santa Clarita Community Center before moving on to various gyms in the Los Angeles area.
He is a three-time winner of the Desert Showdown event in Coachella and won a bronze medal in the 2006 North Africa Championships.
The London-born fighter is of Moroccan descent and said earlier that his goal was to represent Morocco in the 2008 Olympics.
He was informed that he would have to move to the country in order for that to become a reality.
Instead he will begin his pro career as a junior welterweight with a possible first fight coming in March.
"I told my manager and my coach, 'I can only guarantee you one thing - I will give 100 percent in the gym and in the fight," El Harrak said.
The fighter has been set up with a quality trainer in former WBA Light Heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad at Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.
The 2000 Hart grad had to move to Las Vegas recently in order to train there.
Another trainer there is Floyd Mayweather Sr., father of the flashy Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is considered by many to be pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world.
Prior to Mayweather Jr.'s Dec. 8 fight with welterweight champion Ricky Hatton, El Harrak sparred with Hatton in Manchester, England.
How was Hatton's power?
"I don't want to be rude, but I wouldn't know because he barely touched me," El Harrak said.
El Harrak has also sparred in the past with Laila Ali and Manny Pacquiao.
He didn't want to make any predictions about his future, other than to say: "I tell people this all the time: I'm going to give my best. If it doesn't go the way I want it to go, at least I can live my life with no regrets."


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