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“I’ve improved a lot” – Mark Heffron ready for long-awaited ring return

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On Saturday at the Middleton Arena just outside Manchester, Mark Heffron [11(9)-0] will return to the ring after over a year out.

Long been spoken of as one of the hottest prospects in boxing, the Oldham super middleweight has had a stop-start six years as a pro.

Heffron however has taken any disappointments in his stride and the big puncher, who turns 25 this month, is now looking to kick on after biding his time in the gym.

On Saturday he will face Hungarian journeyman Attila Tibor Nagy [10(7)-23(6)-1] over four rounds and, all going well, he will be back out again on December 10th in Bury.

The unbeaten puncher spoke to about the past year and admitted that “it’s been frustrating, but the year I’ve been out of the ring I’ve still been in the gym, still learning, and working on different stuff.”

‘Kid Dynamite’ Heffron outlined how “I’ve improved a lot. I’m not rushing my work, I’m thinking a lot more now, and people will see me thinking a lot more and trying out new things I’ve been working on with my trainer Pat Barrett.”

Despite the domestic division being chockablock with big names, the fighter of Kildare stock is not looking too far ahead and described how “I’m just going to take each fight as they come. I’m not in no rush as I’m only 24 years old. It’s down to my trainer when he thinks I’m ready to step up.”

That is not to say that Heffron is not confident in himself and he stressed that, when the time comes, “I will take on any of the names.”

Joe O'Neill

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