Fishburn & Hartlepool boxer Gary Fox can’t wait to fight Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings

BELTING TITLE FIGHT: Boxers Kirk Gooding (left) and Gary Fox.
BELTING TITLE FIGHT: Boxers Kirk Gooding (left) and Gary Fox.

GARY Fox says he wishes his English lightweight title fight with Kirk Goodings was tonight rather than a fortnight’s time.

The 28-year-old all-action Hartlepool boxer says he is impatient to take the Sunderland fighter’s belt from him right now.

But Northern Area lightweight champion Fox, says he is convinced that when he does get into the ring in the Rainton Meadows Arena on Friday, March 7, there will be only one winner.

“I’m ready for it right now,” the Neil Fannan-trained fighter told SportMail. “Training has gone well and I’m really up for it.

“I just want to get it on.

“I’d fight now if I could.”

Part of ‘Fishburn Fox’s’ urgency to get back into the ring is a desire to erase the memory of his latest outing when he lost to Lancashire’s Scott Cardle over eight rounds last September.

It was only the second blemish on his 11-fight professional career of the former South Durham ABC crowd favourite.

“I was beaten by a good boxer but I wasn’t at my best,” said Fox. “It wasn’t the normal me that night.

“I had problems with training because I had a bad back and it meant I couldn’t go running.

“My mind was more on getting through the fight than giving it my all and when I was finished it felt like I’d had a good spar rather than a real battle.

“That’s not like me, I love to end a fight feeling I can’t give any more, so I’ve learned from that contest.

“And I can promise it will be completely different this time around – I’ve got no intention of losing two off the belt.”

Fox has a well-earned reputation as an aggressive fighter, who loves nothing better than to come forward.

And he’s fully expecting to wage war to get Goodings’ belt.

“I’m ambitious,” said Fox.

“I’ve won a Northern Area title so fighting for an English belt isn’t going to faze me and it’s what I want to do – I want to get that belt and look to go as high as I can.

“As for the fight, I’ve always been a bit of a crowd-pleaser in terms of my style.

“I love to go forward and get stuck in and be non-stop and that’s what I’ll be like on the night.

“We have to have tactics to win, but I’ll still be looking to take the fight to him every second I can.

“It’s great that the fight is in the North East and it’s great that it’s front of all our fans. I think it’s going to be a cracking fight and I’m looking forward to it.”

Tickets remain on sale for the show, topped by the Goodings-Fox clash at Rainton Meadows, supported by the British Masters battle between Hartlepool’s Peter Cope and Ian Bailey (Slough).

The bill also features Jonson McClumpha, Rob Ismay, Lewis Scott, Tommy Ward, Easington’s Paul Archer and Basi Razaq.

Anyone who wants tickets should ring Neil on 07891101399.