The former British and Commonwealth Light Middleweight champion formerly known as Anthony Small has given his full backing to ISIS and the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff in a series of YouTube videos.
Abdul-Haqq, 33, converted to Islam at the age of 24, and it is believed he was a member of the banned radical group Al-Muhajiroun/Islam4UK and is a follower of controversial preacher Anjem Choudary.
In an extraordinary rant lasting seven minutes, the fighter sends the stark warning that if the United Kingdom follows in the footsteps of the United States, then Britain will come under attack from within.
Abdul-Haqq claims that there are jihadi sleeper cells already in place throughout the UK awaiting the order.
The Islam convert also added that the killing of James Foley, who he refers to as ‘Mr Beheaded infidel,’ was pay-back for what he refers to as the ‘United Snakes of America’ attacking the Islamic State and the executions were not unprovoked’.
In a video posted on YouTube, Abdul-Haqq said:
“We have to be objective and non-biased, that the beheading of James Foley, Mr. Beheaded infidel, not to be disrespectful to him or his family, I can’t remember his name, Mr. Infidel, it wasn’t unprovoked.
“I say the exact same thing I said about Lee Rigby: people getting heads removed is an abnormal situation. It needs to be prevented. But we have to be objective.
“I don’t want to say unprovoked because they could say I’m glorifying terrorism, but it was a retaliation, from the own words of those who conducted it, they said, not me said, they said it’s a retaliation.”
After being held captive for almost two years, American journalist James Foley was beheaded by an Islamic State fighter August 19. His execution was filmed and the gruesome nature of the act sent shockwaves throughout the global community.
Lee Rigby was a British soldier who was hacked to death on a UK street May 22, 2013, by British terrorists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale. He was returning to his army barracks in Woolwich, South East London.
Abdul-Haqq is no stranger to controversy. He previously attended a march in Barking, East London on June 15, 2010 to join protesters against the British presence in the war in Afghanistan.
The former pugilist marched alongside 50 other demonstrators who called themselves ‘Muslims Aginst Crusades’, which is believed to be the new name for al-Muhajiroun/Islam4UK.