IT’S round two for a former Hartlepool United footballer who is taking his life in a new direction.
Callum Hassan is hoping to build himself a property empire, wants to become a professional boxer and is even sampling life as a rapper.
The 21-year-old, who spent four years at Pools, has bought a couple of properties with his brother Habeeb and hopes to release a single he has been working on a single with former X Factor contestant Bre Musiq, from Middlesbrough.
Callum says stepping into the ring was his sport of choice before he ventured into football.
Now, he’s set to make a return and is hoping to go professional.
Callum said: “I did boxing before I got into football. I had three fights, and won three, but then I just packed it in because I was much better at football at the time.
“When I left football, I went back to boxing just to keep my fitness up but after sparring with a few of the lads, they said my technique had improved massively and that I should take it back up.”
Heavyweight Callum stands at 6ft 4in and weighs 16.5st.
He trains for two hours twice a day, at 6am and 4pm, at Gus Robinson HQ, in Hartlepool.
Callum also has the help of a nutritionist to maintain his weight and ensure he stays in the heavyweight category.
He added: “I’m definitely going to pursue it professionally. The training and everything is such a huge commitment and I didn’t realise how much it takes out of you compared to football.
“You train for two hours a day in football, but in boxing it’s sit-ups and pull-ups and everything, it’s a lot different to just running about.
“I’m finding it really good and interesting but it is a very different sport.”
Last year, Callum opened Afro Carribean-style restaurant Kilimandjaro at Hartlepool Marina, but has since given it up and is now pursuing a career in property, alongside his brother, Habeeb.
He said: “When I first opened the restaurant, I didn’t realise how much stress was going to come with it.
“Between the staff, customers, and suppliers, there was so much to cope with and it’s the kind of business where you have to be there all of the time, and that’s not what I wanted, so I decided to sell up and move into property.
“I’ve bought a couple of properties in Hartlepool with my brother and hopefully we’ll be able to build up and get more. It was important for us to stick with Hartlepool because it’s good to be close by and to support the town as well.”
Callum is also pursuing his interests in music and has been working on a single with former X Factor contestant Bre Musiq.He raps on the track which he hopes to release later this year.
He said: “I’m very optimistic and believe I will be successful at one thing – I’ve just got to find out which one.’’
To keep up to date with Callum’s many projects, follow him on Twitter @cal_hassan.