Fishburn and Hartlepool boxer Gary Fox set to move up a weight

MATCHING EACH OTHER, PUNCH FOR PUNCH: Gary Fox (left) and Kirk Goodings

MATCHING EACH OTHER, PUNCH FOR PUNCH: Gary Fox (left) and Kirk Goodings

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GARY Fox says he is considering a return to light-welterweight following his English title defeat to Kirk Goodings.

The Fishburn Fox, trained by Neil Fannan in Hartlepool, is in his third year campaigning at lightweight.

He won the Northern Area title in 2012 with a fifth-round destruction of Neil Hepper and lost what was an eliminator in everything but name to Scott Cardle in Glasgow last September.

Fox then challenged Goodings for his English belt at the Metro Radio Arena on Saturday night.

The 28-year-old felt he ran out of gas quickly and believes the weight-making process may have weakened him.

Fox had spoken in the build-up of his strength and engine, but taking those last pounds and ounces off to get to 9st 9lbs could have proved crucial.

“I felt it from round one,” said the former South Durham crowd favourite.

“I knew what I needed and wanted to do, I just did not have the energy or strength in my legs to do it.

“I am not trying to make excuses – Kirk’s a good fighter and he was the better man on the day. I congratulate him.

“I may have over-done it on the weight.

“I’d felt brilliant in the build-up and so strong in sparring but may be I might now give it a go at light-welter.”

– ROY KELLY