Sheeraz, born on May 25, 1999, in Slough, Berkshire, England, hails from a family with a strong athletic background on his father’s side. His paternal roots can be traced back to Matore, a village in the Kahuta Tehsil of Rawalpindi District, Punjab, Pakistan. His father was a cricketer who played for Gloucestershire, and both his paternal grandfather and uncle were accomplished boxers, with the latter winning ten national amateur titles for clubs in Slough and Pinewood.
Sheeraz’s mother has Indian heritage, and he identifies himself as a Muslim. His journey into the world of boxing began when his uncle introduced him to a gym at the age of eight, and he had his first bout at the age of 12. He achieved recognition by becoming a three-time finalist at the national junior championships. However, a setback came when he was not selected for the Commonwealth Youth championships, which led him to take a year off from boxing to focus on an apprenticeship in electrician work.
A turning point in his career came when he met his trainer, Lenny Butcher, who encouraged him to make a comeback. Sheeraz turned professional in 2017, signing a contract with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions on his eighteenth birthday. His professional debut took place on September 16, 2017, on the undercard of the Billy Joe Saunders vs. Willie Monroe Jr. world title fight at London’s Copper Box Arena. Sheeraz secured his first victory with a technical knockout (TKO) in the second round against Duane Green, a 35-year-old journeyman.
By the beginning of 2019, Sheeraz had compiled a 6-0 record, with notable wins such as dropping Rod Douglas Jr. three times for a first-round TKO in March and defeating Ladislav Nemeth with a second-round TKO in April at Wembley Arena. On July 13, he continued his winning streak with a third consecutive TKO victory, dispatching Scott James in under two minutes on the undercard of the Daniel Dubois vs. Nathan Gorman British heavyweight title fight at The O2 Arena in London.
On November 30, 2019, Sheeraz achieved a significant milestone by defeating “Ruthless” Ryan Kelly (14-2, 7 KO) with a sixth-round TKO, securing the vacant WBO European junior-middleweight title. During the late stages of the sixth round at Arena Birmingham, Sheeraz dropped Kelly with a straight right hand. Despite Kelly getting back on his feet, Sheeraz’s relentless barrage of punches forced him onto the ropes, ultimately leading to the referee stopping the fight with just two seconds left in the round. This victory marked Sheeraz’s first professional title and propelled him into the top 15 of the WBO rankings.
He was slated to defend his title against undefeated Scottish prospect Paul Kean in April 2020, but the bout had to be postponed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.