Haigh’s third win proves a pain for Wain

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - BOX­ING SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD boxer Jake Haigh con­tin­ued the im­pres­sive start to his pro­fes­sional ca­reer with a stop­page win against Bryn Wain.

Su­per-mid­dleweight Haigh, who is trained by Ricky Hat­ton, stopped his op­po­nent in the third round to pick up the win at Fen­ton Manor Sports Com­plex in Stoke.

He mixed his punches up well be­fore tar­get­ing the body, lead­ing to Wain winc­ing sev­eral times and forc­ing the ref­eree to step in and save him from fur­ther pun­ish­ment.

The 22-year-old has now ex­tended his record to 3-0 since mak­ing his de­but back in Oc­to­ber 2016, with two of those wins com­ing by stop­page.

Haigh was com­pet­ing on a bill that also fea­tured his sta­ble­mate Nathan Gor­man, who made short work of his op­po­nent Gogita Gorgi­ladze af­ter blast­ing the Ge­or­gian out in just 109 sec­onds.

Gor­man is now set to chal­lenge for the English heavy­weight ti­tle later this year, and he is glad to be work­ing along­side the likes of Hat­ton and Haigh in the gym.

The body shots are some­thing I’d been work­ing on in the gym with Ricky and they came off per­fectly,” Gor­man said.

“As soon as the shot landed I knew it was over. It sunk right into his ribs and I wouldn’t be sur­prised if I cracked them. He was fin­ished af­ter that.

“I landed a few of them be­fore that to the right side and then I tried with the left and found the per­fect tar­get.”

Trainer Hat­ton was pleased with the per­for­mance from Haigh, but felt that Gor­man stole the show.

“I like to think I landed my fair share of great body shots when I fought, but the one that Nathan put his op­po­nent away with was a real sick­ener,” he said.

“If you watched it back it’d prob­a­bly make you wince be­cause it con­nected with a real thud and you could hear the wind go out of the guy.

“It’s another great dis­play from Nathan. He’s re­ally com­ing on and I’m very proud of him. I be­lieve he’s a special tal­ent and peo­ple are start­ing to see that now.”

More of Hat­ton’s sta­ble were in ac­tion on the bill in Stoke, with Reuben Ar­row­smith miss­ing out on the Bri­tish Clas­sic Chal­lenge belt af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial 77-77 draw with Ryan Toms.

Ryan Fields won the Mid­lands Area wel­ter­weight ti­tle by de­feat­ing Craig Mor­ris, while there were also wins for Kieran McLaren, Sam Evans and Nathan Clarke.

Mark J Jones/Hat­ton Pro­mo­tions

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