Jake hang­ing on Hit­man’s words

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - BOX­ING SHELDAN KEAY

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’

Mark J Jones/Hat­ton Pro­mo­tions

Mac­cles­field boxer Jake Haigh

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