LAST MINUTE APPEAL TO SAVE BILAL 'KELVIN' FAWAZ FROM DEPORTATION TO NIGERIA.

Boxer who's represented England six times is locked in immigration centre pending deportation to country he's competed against Bila...


Boxer who's represented England six times is locked in immigration centre pending deportation to country he's competed against

Bilal Fawaz, a current middleweight champ, has spent the majority of his life in England and even boxed six times for the nation, but the Home Office is in the process of deporting him to Nigeria, where he has no family






A boxing champion who has fought for England several times is locked in an immigration centre pending deportation to Nigeria - a country he's competed against.

Bilal Fawaz, also known as Kelvin, London's current middleweight boxing champion, arrived in the UK from Nigeria at the age of 14 and has even represented England on six occasions.
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However, the 29-year-old's leave to remain has expired and for the past week he's been held in an immigration centre he says is "like prison", pending his deportation to the West African country.

The Home Office has rejected Bilal's numerous applications for residency and declared his marriage to a British citizen void.

Boxer Bilal Fawaz has represented England six times,but is facing deportation (Image: Kelvin Bilal Fawaz / Instagram)

Fawaz is London's current middleweight champion (Image: Kelvin Bilal Fawaz / Instagram)


Now, speaking from the centre, he's told how he fears being sent back to a country where he has no family and doesn't know anyone.

Bilal was sent to the UK by his parents at the age of 14 but was made a domestic slave by an uncle he was meant to be living with upon arriving here.

Fawaz is currently being held in an immigration centre pending deportation (Image: Kelvin Bilal Fawaz / Instagram)

He ran away, but Stonebridge boxing club in Brent, west London, helped him turn a turbulent youth of petty crime around to become a national champion.



Since Wednesday November 29, he has been held in Tinsley House immigration detention centre in Perimeter Road, South Gatwick, awaiting removal from the country to Nigeria.

Fawaz, pictured with fellow boxer George Groves, has lived in England since he was 14 (Image: Kelvin Bilal Fawaz / Instagram)


Speaking  from the detention centre, Bilal said: "I've spent over half of my life here.

"I went to school here, I lived here, I've boxed for England five or six times and never lost.

"I am a national champion - in 2014 I even boxed for England against Nigeria, the country they want to deport me to."

According to Bilal, he is technically stateless because his parents who were Lebanese immigrants in Nigeria did not have citizenship there.

His application to be recognised as a stateless citizen was also rejected by the Home Office.

Fawaz says he has no family in Nigeria and doesn't know anyone there (Image: Kelvin Bilal Fawaz / Instagram)

He added: "I'm allowed to box for England but I'm not allowed to stay in England.

"I've helped kids in the Stonebridge Boxing gym, I've done things that make me a valuable citizen.

"I have no other family to go back to, I don't know anyone in Nigeria or anything about it - all I know is here.

"Imagine how it feels to represent a country and then to have that country turn around and put you in what feels like a prison.


"Being locked up here in the detention centre is like being in a prison."

Bilal also claims that his application to the Nigerian Embassy for citizenship was rejected because they said there was no record of him being born there.

A Home Office spokesman said: "When someone has no leave to remain in the UK, we expect them to leave the country voluntarily. Where they do not, we will seek to enforce their departure."


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