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.
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:
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. 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.
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.