Boxer keeps up per­fect ca­reer start

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE - BOX­ING SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD boxer Jake Haigh kept up the per­fect start to his pro­fes­sional ca­reer on Satur­day after pick­ing up an­other knock­out win.

The 23-year-old stopped Josef Obeslo in the fourth round of their bout at Old­ham Leisure Cen­tre to ex­tend his record to 5-0, with three of those wins com­ing in­side the dis­tance.

It was an im­pres­sive win for Haigh, as ex­pe­ri­enced Obeslo has only been stopped six times in 49 fights.

Plenty of fans made the jour­ney down to sup­port Haigh, and he was grate­ful to those that were in at­ten­dance.

“I’ got the fourth round stop­page so thanks to ev­ery­one who came down and sup­ported me, it’s all ap­pre­ci­ated,” he said.

“I also need to say a mas­sive thanks to my spon­sors who al­low me to train full time, so thanks to GEC, Pal­letower, Lin­dow Lawn Turf and GT Tours Cy­cling.”

Haigh is trained by box­ing leg­end Ricky Hat­ton, and it proved to be a good night for the sta­ble as Mark Hef­fron was also vic­to­ri­ous. Hef­fron was set to chal­lenge for a belt on the card but a late change of op­po­nent meant that the ti­tle bout couldn’t go ahead and in­stead he had to com­pete in a four-round con­test.

De­spite the switch, Hef­fron was still in to­tal con­trol through­out the fight, drop­ping his op­po­nent twice on his way to a 40-34 win on points.

The vic­tory on Satur­day sees Hef­fron ex­tend his record to 17-0, with 13 of his wins com­ing by knock­out.

While he was dis­ap­pointed to miss out on a ti­tle fight, Hef­fron was still glad to earn the vic­tory and is now ex­cited for what the fu­ture holds.

“I would like to say a mas­sive thanks to ev­ery­one that came down to sup­port me, I sold 500 tick­ets and that’s some sup­port,” he said.

“It wasn’t my best per­for­mance but a win is a win and I’m not go­ing to moan.

“It’s all a learn­ing curve and it’s onto the next.”

There were also wins for the likes of Liam Tay­lor, Danny Wright, Jack Flat­ley, Qasim Niaz and Luke Wil­lis on the un­der­card.

Jake Haigh

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.