STEPHEN Haughian is calling on the whole of Lurgan to get behind him when he faces former World champion Junior Witter at the King’s Hall on September 17.
Welterweight Haughian says this is the “biggest challenge of my career” and is determined to move on to fight British champion Lee Purdy having beaten Witter who still has his own World title aspirations.
Haughian knows he is the underdog against Sheffield man Witter, who has moved up from light-welterweight to welterweight, but says the Lurgan fans can give him the edge on the biggest night of his life.
“I think the fans can make a huge difference at the King’s Hall, the atmosphere will be electric. I hope my fans can come out in force and help me beat Witter,” says Haughian.
“I know this is going to be a very, very hard fight but on the night it’s not what you have done before it’s how hungry you are and on the night I’m going to be more hungry than him and I believe I will win.
“The fans can really help you in a fight, they can can drive you when maybe it’s not going your way and this is the kind of fight were they will be crucial.
“In this fight I am stepping up a couple of levels from the opponents I have fought before but I will ready and I am very confident that I can do the job on September 17. I think Junior is in for a real shock.”
The show also features another Lurgan man, unbeaten Ryan Greene in a vacant Northern Ireland title fight with Ballyclare’s Willie Thompson at light-middleweight.
Thompson has no doubt that he can “take out” Greene in what could be one of the fights of the night at the King’s Hall show which is headed by British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
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