Liam Cammock becomes newest Horden boxing pro in Hartlepool team

NEW PRO: Professional boxer Liam Cammock with coach Peter Cope.

NEW PRO: Professional boxer Liam Cammock with coach Peter Cope.

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HORDEN’S latest addition to the professional boxing ranks is just eight days away from making his pro debut.

Liam Cammock, part of the young and exciting team of boxers at Hartlepool’s Gus Robinson Developments gym, will take on Mick Mills at Houghton a week tomorrow.

The 20-year-old’s four-round clash with the Kent fighter is part of the Colossal bill being staged by Phil Jeffries at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

Cammock has impressed head coach Peter Cope at the West View Road HQ after a lengthy settling-in period.

He has joined a camp which features two more former Horden Sportsman ABC boxers, Anth Hardy and Greg O’Neil.

Southpaw Hardy has won all six of his pro bouts and aggressive middleweight O’Neil, who fought Anthony Ogogo in his last contest, has three wins from five appearances.

I prefer to be more attacking, but I’m improving my boxing all the time

It has been a big, but enjoyable, step for the young talent who had been trained by dad Tony, and former pro Liam Dinneen at his home village club.

The boxer told SportMail he needed to make the move to the pro ranks after becoming stale in the amateurs.

“I’ve been boxing since I was about nine and had my first contest when I was 11,” he explained.

“I think I had 20 junior bouts and won a bit more than half and then had five or six senior fights.

“But I’d got a bit sick of the amateur game to be honest, I’d been boxing for so long.

“I hadn’t boxed for a while and I decided to change the game and went training at Gus Robinsons and I’ve absolutely loved it ever since.

“It is totally different to what I thought it was going to be and it’s gone great.

“I knew Anth boxed there and he recommended it, so I gave it a go.

“My dad and Liam had trained me since I started, so this was totally new.

“But it’s been brilliant.

“The atmosphere is great and we have good craic but when we train, we train hard.”

Cammock’s style is more O’Neil than Hardy but the welterweight says while he loves to fight, he is developing his boxing under Cope and Alan Temple.

“I prefer to be more attacking, but I’m improving my boxing all the time, trying to settle down a bit, set my feet, keep my head moving and pick my shots,” he said.

“I know I still have a lot more to learn but I feel good.”

He is joined on the bill by Gus Robinson Developments team-mate Daniel Cope, who fights Tom Whitfield on an exciting North-East derby over six rounds.

For tickets for the show, contact Peter on 07815991247.