Jake hanging on Hitman’s words
MACCLESFIELD boxer Jake Haigh believes learning from Ricky Hatton is helping him reach his potential.
The 22-year-old is trained by the Hitman, and has had a good start to his professional career, having won both of his fights.
Haigh makes his return to the ring on February 18 when he competes on a bill at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, and he has revealed how much Hatton has taught him.
“Ricky is a great teacher, you learn something new every day in the gym with him and he’s really brought me on since I turned professional,” he said.
“I admit that I like to listen to the way he talks to his other boxers as well. Zhanat Zhakiyanov has got a world title fight coming up and listening to the advice Ricky gives Zhanat is awesome. I take it in and think ‘I’ll use that advice myself!’
“For me the pro game is all about progressing with each fight and stepping up the levels.
“It’s up to the boss, but after this I want to move up to six rounders and then I think I’ll be doing eight rounds before the end of the year.
“I think I’ve shown a bit of what I’m capable of in my pro fights so far and as I fight longer fights I’ll only better and the better I get, the closer I get to those title fights every boxer craves.”
Top of the bill in Stoke sees heavyweight sensation Nathan Gorman lock horns with Georgia’s tough Gogita Gorgiladze, while Reuben Arrowsmith faces Ryan Toms features for the light-middleweight Challenge belt in a supporting contest.
Craig Morris defends his Midlands Area welterweight title against Ryan Fields, with Kieron McLaren going up against Michael Mooney in a light-welterweight Challenge belt encounter.
Also in action on the card alongside Haigh will be fellow Hatton Boxing prospect Sam Evans as well as Stafford’s Rob Hunt, Cheshire’s Nathan Clarke and former amateur standout Luke Caci, who will be making his pro debut.
Tickets for the event can be bought direct from the boxers, with more information available from www.hattonboxing.com
‘Ricky is a great teacher, you learn something new every day in the gym with him’
Macclesfield boxer Jake Haigh