Gary Fox hunts for step up to next boxing level

IBN GOOD FORM Gary Fox (white shorts) V Dai Jones.

IBN GOOD FORM Gary Fox (white shorts) V Dai Jones.

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GARY Fox is itching to move up to the next level – but first he must get win number 11 out of the way.

The “Fishburn Fox” is closing in on the championship picture in the lightweight division after stopping Darlington’s Neil Hepper to lift the Northern Area title before beating big-hitting Londoner Mark McKray in under 90 seconds last time out.

And the 27-year-old Neil Fannan fighter tonight returns to the scene of his most recent win when he tackles Sheffield’s Jason Carr at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

The popular former South Durham ABC told SportMail: “I am ready for a shot at an eliminator or an English title fight.

“I have to see what comes but with this fight so I could do with getting the rounds in after only doing six in my last two fights.

“If a knock-out comes it can’t be helped but I could do with getting all the rounds.

“I know I could do the 10 rounds no problem [for an English title fight] – I’ve done them in sparring but it would be nice to do them for real.”

The odds of it going the distance look strong – while Carr has lost his last 13 none have been inside the distance.

But that is not a problem for Fox who has proven that he has the ability to stop opponents.

“The power is definitely coming,” he said. “I have found my weight, that’s what it is.

“The first fights I had, I was just fighting journeymen who were heavier than me.

“But once I’ve pulled the weight right down I’m hitting hard.

“I used to stop a good few in the amateurs, but before I stopped Neil Hepper and Mark McKray I don’t think my record showed how powerful I can be.”