“I think I’ve been ready for a while now” – Crank Whitehouse to fight for belt in September

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Gerard ‘Crank’ Whitehouse [6(1)-0] will fight for a title in his next contest.

The Balbriggan welterweight will box for a belt on the ‘Celtic Clash 3: Building Champions’ card at the National Stadium on September 9th.

However, while Whitehouse will only be 22 years old by the time fight night comes around, it is more a case of ‘at last’ rather than an early move through the ranks.

The Fingal fighter has long craved a step up, and had hoped to have a title bout on the previous Celtic Clash bill back in May. A fight with fellow Dub Jay Byrne was mooted, but negotiations would stall and Whitehouse ended up outpointing Gabor Kovacs over six.

While the opponent is yet to be named, Whitehouse revealed to Irish-Boxing.com that “my next fight will be for a title on September 9th.”

“I’ve had my team work really hard to make an all-Irish clash, but the other side were not willing to fight on that date or on the last show – so now I’ve other plans.”

“Tony [Davitt, manager] is working on a fight and it should be announced soon.”

“I think I’ve been ready [for a step up] for a while now and this will be the first step, grabbing this title.”

“Tony has a plan set out for me, so whoever he puts in front of me I’ll fight.”

Undertaking his longest camp yet and with a title on the line, Whitehouse is promising to be a different animal by the time September 9th comes around.

The European Schoolboys bronze medalist noted that “as my first title will be on the line, that will give me more of a drive in the gym.”

“Camp started today [Monday July 10th]. I’m 9 weeks out so I’ve plenty of time, I’ve stayed in the gym and been ticking over anyway so I’ll be ready on fight night.”

Photo Credit: Laszlo Geczo Photography

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Joe O'Neill

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