15 October 2010
Former amateur standout Mark Heffron, managed by Gary Hyde, is taking the fast lane in boxing having fought his first three professional bouts within a 30-day period in three different European countries.
The 18-year-old welterweight, fighting out of Cork by way of Manchester, England, had a successful pro debut September 4, stopping Torszten Roos in the second round. Heffrons next fight was only 13 days later in Poland, where he won a unanimous 4-round decision against 37-fight veteran Arek Malek. In his last action on October 2, Kid Dynamite lived up to his nickname by stopping 31-fight veteran Attila Molnar in the opening round of their bout in Hungary.
While other boxers are finding it difficult to secure fights, Mark fought his first three pro fights in less than a month. Were both very happy with his activity and progress so far, Hyde said. Unfortunately, Marks trainer, Joe Gallagher, could not be in his corner for his last two fights. He had two high-profile fighters fighting in the United Kingdom, but Joe will be with Mark for all of his future fights. One of Irelands top coaches, Belfasts Paul McCullagh, did a great job working Marks corner in those two fights in Poland and Hungary.
Heffron (3-0, 2 KOs), however, is facing tougher opposition outside of the ring, in terms of boxing politics prohibiting him from fighting in the UK. Heffrons grandparents are from Kildare, Ireland and Mark is extremely proud of his Irish heritage.
Heffron, of course, is taking an entirely different route than most prospects that have the advantages of fighting in their backyards. Mark has fought three opponents in their home countries, which Heffron had never been before, never mind previously fought there.
I plan to get Mark three more fights before the end of this year, Hyde added. My plan is for him to get to 12-0 and challenge for the Irish Welterweight Championship. I hope to have the BBBofC problem taken care of before November 13th because Mark is scheduled to fight on the Haye/Harrison WBA Heavyweight Title undercard in Manchester.
Heffron captured a gold medal at the Junior ABA Championships and silver at the European Youth Championships.