MICK Hadfield looks set for a “homecoming” apprearance in Hartlepool before the end of the year.
One of the town’s most decorated junior boxers, Hadfield is now a 24-year-old professional, who made a winning pro debut at the weekend in Sunderland.
And the promoter of the Summer Rumble is set to build a show around the featherweight prospect.
Phil Jeffries has promoted in Hartlepool twice in the last 14 months and admits he’s planning a third visit.
His first Borough Hall event, in March 2012, was highlighted by Michael Hunter’s comeback, albeit a brief one, and last September Martin Ward became English bantamweight champion when he beat Jason “Too Smooth” Booth.
Now, he believes he is on to another winner with Hadfield, who defeated Nottinghamshire-based Latvian Pavels Senkovs at the Stadium of Light.
“I was very impressed with Mick when I saw him in his last amateur bout,” Jeffries told SportMail.
“And I was even more impressed on Sunday at the Summer Rumble.
“I don’t think I’ve seen a better pro debut.
“I said before I’d even see him box as a professional that he could be the best out of Hartlepool since Michael Hunter.
“And after watching him on Sunday I stick by that.
“I’d love to give him a homecoming show.”
Hadfield and the Borough Hall are already inexorably linked.
As a Headland ABC boxer, he fought many times at the Middlegate venue, his last appearance in October 2008 being a thrilling points win over Redcar’s Sean McBride.
The Tim Coulter-trained fighter said: “It would be fantastic to box in Hartlepool.
“I loved every minute on Sunday and was pleased I put in a good performance.
“I’ll box wherever and whenever I’m asked to and I’m looking forward to fighting again.”
Hartlepool is on its way back in the pro boxing game and could stage a show solely based around the talent in the town’s two gyms.
Gus Robinson Developments boast the unbeaten Peter Cope plus Horden boxers Anth Hardy and Greg O’Neil who are new pros, while across town at the Neil Fannan and Dave Garside camp, the Ward brothers, Martin and Tommy, and Fishburn’s Gary Fox are all top performers.