NEIL Fannan hates weeks like these.
Rather than basking in the glory of a victory in front of the TV cameras, the Hartlepool boxing trainer is looking to bounce back from a set-back at his Brierton gym.
Chris Burton was stopped in the second round of his cruiserweight confrontation with Jon Lewis Dickinson at Aberdeen Exhibition Centre on Saturday night.
It was a costly loss – Burton’s cruiser hopes are almost certainly over and “Hightower” probably faces a decision of whether to return to heavyweight or hang up his gloves.
And it also put a dampener on a camp which had been bouncing ahead of the North-East derby and several big shows in the region.
Fannan, with 11 major title fight wins under his belt as a trainer, was back in the gym yesterday preparing star turn Martin Ward for his March 10 fight in Dunston and the comeback of Michael Hunter at the Borough Hall on Sunday March 25, when David Dolan also makes his ring return.
“Boxing’s about highs and lows,” Fannan reflected.
“It seems we have lost some of the more important fights lately.
“Once over I wouldn’t have slept after that result [on Saturday] but I think I’m becoming hardened to it.”
Ward is the first member of his team into the ring when he tops the bill at the Federation Brewery on Saturday March 10 in Dunston.
Next up will be Hartlepool hero Hunter’s comeback after a three-year absence while Dolan looks to revive his cruiserweight ambitions on the undercard.
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