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Sean Higginson – “That’s my pace, people can’t keep up with me”

Like a snowball rolling down a hill, Sean Higginson [1(0)-0] got faster and faster and stronger and stronger on Saturday night.

The Belfast featherweight debuted on the Kieran Farrell Promotions ‘A New Era’ card at The Devenish Complex and gave a phenomenal display of punch output.

Taking on Stockport’s Jamie Quinn, Higginson never stopped throughout, throwing and landing a frightening number of shots on the ultra-durable journeyman throughout a frenzied 12 minutes.

Commenting on the win afterwards, Higginson told Irish-Boxing.com that “I felt it went great, I felt fresh. It was a tough four rounds, but I felt fit and I felt strong.”

“A lot of people said that, after the second and third, they thought I was going to gas out – but I could have went there another two or three rounds to be honest!”

Higginson’s approach certainly got people talking and, if he can maintain the same sort of intensity over a longer distance, he could become a force to be reckoned with.

The John Breen-trained fighter recalled how “the amount of people who said to me before the fight: ‘this is the pro game now, you have to calm it down and all.'”

“You only calm it down if you feel you need to calm down. I can go at that pace, I know I can. I’ve sparred plenty of pros over eight rounds and do that pace. That’s my pace, people can’t keep up with me. It’s an advantage.”

“At the end of the third he came on, thinking I was tired. He tried push me back, but I turned him, hit him four straight shots, and he knew that I could keep going.”

“In the amateurs I was always a slow starter, the more the rounds go on, the more I improve. By the fourth round here I felt razor-sharp, I had started to keep my distance better and I was catching him when I wanted.”

A noted amateur, Higginson had been out of action for a long time beforehand. However, he credits this hiatus as the fuel behind his fantastic engine.”

The 22 year old explained that “the adrenaline and the fitness, after being out of the ring near two years, I think it the best thing I’ve ever done. Since I’ve come back, I just feel so fresh and that I can go for as long as I want.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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