Arena date herald­ing Haigh’s re­turn to ring

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - BOX­ING SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD su­per-mid­dleweight prospect Jake Haigh will be back in the ring soon af­ter he was added to Black Flash Pro­mo­tions’ lat­est event at the Mid­dle­ton Arena on May 27.

Haigh ex­tended his un­beaten record to 3-0 with two stop­pages re­cently when he halted Som­er­set wild man Bryn Wain in Fe­bru­ary.

He’s now itch­ing to add to his record fur­ther in what will be his fi­nal four round bout be­fore mov­ing up to six round level.

“I’m over the moon to have a date for my next fight and I’m happy that Black Flash Pro­mo­tions have given me this op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“My last fight was on Fe­bru­ary 18 and other than hav­ing one week off, I’ve been in the gym ever since so I’ll be more than ready.

“I can’t wait to get back in there.

“I feel like I’m im­prov­ing with ev­ery camp. For this camp, ev­ery­thing is coming to­gether.

“On the eas­ier days we’re re­ally smash­ing the tech­nique and on the harder days we’re smash­ing the fit­ness.”

Haigh has been work­ing with trainer Ricky Hat­ton and as­sis­tant train­ers Mike Jack­son and Blain You­nis for less than a year, but al­ready their im­pact can be seen in his per­for­mances.

As an am­a­teur Haigh was a rangy boxer who worked be­hind his jab and kept his op­po­nents at dis­tance, but now he’s equally com­fort­able let­ting his hands go on the in­side.

“I fought on the back foot all my ca­reer, but in the pros you have to be able fight all ways and Ricky, Blain and Mike like me to be press­ing for­wards,” he said.

“I’m more pow­er­ful on the front foot and I know when the time is right I can step on the gas and put it onto my op­po­nents and that’s what I’ll be look­ing to do again.”

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