KEIGHLEY music promoter and media personality Saby Khan has gone into the ring with stars of the Rocky franchise.
He recently worked as a media consultant with Carl Weathers – who played Rocky’s boxing opponent Apollo Creed – and Brigitte Nielsen.
Saby, real name Saby Hussain, met the Hollywood actors as part of a team-up for the Love for Sci-Fi fan convention last autumn in Manchester.
Former model Brigitte starred in 1985 movie Red Sonja, marrying Sylvester Stallone the same year and starring in Rocky IV before her their 1987 divorce.
Former professional football player Carl Weathers has starred in films like Predator, Action Jackson and Happy Gilmore as well as his Rocky appearances.
Saby said he provided media services for Love for Sci-Fi organisers Monopoly Events, after being approached in his capacity as a presenter with Bradford Asian Radio.
He said: “I was surprised when Bradford Asian Radio was selected by Monopoly Events to cover the event for the Yorkshire side.
“It was a great experience working with Hollywood superstars Carl Weathers and Brigitte Nielsen on the day.
“I talked about my past career with Carl and Brigitte after the event and both were really impressed with my outstanding contribution to music and media and how I’m promoting British music overseas.
“Both celebrities want me to go to Los Angeles later this year and talk about developing short films for young people.”
Saby began his career as a teenager in Keighley, organising hip-hop and dance events across the country, and championed young rap performers from Keighley and Bradford.
With his company Goodfellaz Events he specialised in organising parties for urban music stars like Black Eyed Peas and 50 Cent, and in recent years he has been involved in organising music events in Dubai and the USA.
Saby said he was now helping his sons Ayman Islam and Samad Hussain to develop their own careers in arts, films and music production distribution.
He said: “The demand for British Asians in entertainment has been on the rise, with special thanks to Apache Indian, Jay Sean and Punjabi MC
“I’m doing my best to give professional service to the media industry and help vulnerable people. Many young people from different backgrounds have approached me.”
Saby said his current media project included helping women in domestic violence situations to get into the entertainment industry, helping produce short films about Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
He said he wanted local councillors and community leaders to help people get into music and dance.
He added: “It’s a shame to see that many young people are leaving Keighley to bigger cities to achieve their passion.”