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International kickboxing star is killed outside a suspected cannabis factory

Two men were stabbed in Pensnett Road, Brierley Hill, on Thursday (20th Feb) Credit: BPM

An international kickboxing star was one of two men killed during violence outside a suspected Black Country cannabis factory.

Leading figures – including professional boxing champions – have paid moving tributes to teenager Khuzaimah “Zaimy” Douglas.

The 19-year-old, from Moseley, Birmingham, and Waseem Ramzan, 36, were fatally wounded in the horrific Thursday morning (20th Feb) violence in Pensnett Road, Brierley Hill.

Mr Douglas, who fought out of Tyseley’s USKA fight factory, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Ramzan, who lived in Pensnett Road, died later in hospital.

Reports claimed both were caught up in a brawl after raiders attempted to enter a suspected cannabis factory.

Mr Douglas, who fought out of Tyseley’s USKA fight factory, was pronounced dead at the scene. Credit: BPM

Last night a moving tribute was posted to Mr Douglas on USKA’s facebook site. His contests are prominently featured on YouTube. The post reads:

“Yesterday we received the unthinkable news that we had lost one of our members, our fighters, our friends and our family at the USKA gym. Our beloved brother Khuzaimah Douglas passed away and we all feel absolutely devastated and heartbroken following the news.

“Khuzaimah was a kind, considerate, extremely talented and humble young man who everyone had a connection with... To see the effect that this has had on each and every member at the gym last night was truly heartbreaking."

– Facebook tribute

Khuzaimah fought at the highest level. He represented England, competed at the International Combat Organisation’s world championships in Scotland, the the WKO World Championships in Barnsley and travelled to Tuscany in 2017 for the unified world championships.

One former opponent said on social media: “You were my opponent, my teammate and, most importantly, friend. My thoughts go out to you, your family and your USKA family. I will always remember the good times.”

Police believe around seven men attacked an address in which cannabis was being cultivated. Credit: BPM

Police believe around seven men attacked an address in which cannabis was being cultivated. They are appealing for witnesses to come forward, including anyone who may have been driving in the camera at the time with a dash cam.

“This is an awful incident and we recognise the wider impact it can have on our communities. But what I would say is that we believe this address was deliberately targeted, it was not a random attack.”

– Dudley Police Commander Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner

Officers arrested a 19-year-old man on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to rob, and he has now been further arrested on suspicion of murder.

Two men have also been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob.

Anyone with information is urged to ring 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Callers won’t be asked for their names and calls cannot be traced.