Boxer Fox frustrated by title fight delay

Gary Fox admits he is playing a ‘frustrating waiting game’ as his Area title contest was rearranged for the second time.

After being lined up to take on Phil Boyle for the welterweight crown in December it was rescheduled to take place this month, but now Fox must be patient that little longer.

Gary Fox

Gary Fox

Training in Neil Fannan’s Brierton-based gym, the 26-year-old knows what is important if he wants to progress in the professional ranks.

Speaking exclusively to SportMail, he said: “I have to be calm and make sure I don’t let the put backs get to me.

“Being patient is very important when things like this happen so I will get a six round contest in and then move up to the ten round standard.

“I know I am fit enough to go the longer distance and I am good enough to fight the better fighters.

“It is frustrating but I am happy to wait around and take my time.

“If you have a national title under your belt then that opens doors.

“This could be the first one but that has been taken away from the time being.

“It is a matter of time so I just have to be patient and make sure I keep training hard with Neil and we will get there.”

After the disappointing news that he would not be fighting for the Area championship, Fox will be on show at Hartlepool’s Borough Hall on March 25.

Although unsure on who he will be matched against, Fox believes he is more than capable of putting on a good show on the same night that the town’s most successful boxer Michael Hunter makes his comeback.

“I have improved so much lately I can’t believe it myself,” he added.

“Neil has been inspirational and it is great to work with him and Michael Hunter who is a good friend of mine.

“I always try to put on a good show and this time it will be no different.”

Although disappointed with the way things have turned out on the title front, Fox still cut a confident figure as SportMail visited his ‘second home.’

Gary, who’s record now stands at six wins in seven contests, knows he must keep his feet firmly on the ground.

He added: “It is not the contest I wanted but I will go into it as confident and prepared as I ever do.

“I have to take every fight as it comes and whoever is put in front of me I have to beat.

“Neil has confidence in me so hopefully it will be a good night for the whole gym come March 25.

“With Michael making his return it promises to be a great show.

“Being part of that is a honour for me. He has been fantastic around the gym.

“He is always smiling and training hard and that pushes the others to do better.”

Last time Fox took on journeyman Billy Smith at Peterlee Leisure Centre in December and won over four rounds 40-38.

Next time out for the Fishburn fighter it will be over six rounds and Gary is confident he has the credentials to put himself in contention for bigger prizes.

“It was awkward last time because of the way Billy boxed,” added ‘The Fox.’

“He was much heavier and the opponent changed very late so it was a different bout I had prepared for.

“However a win is a win and I will move on from that fight into a six round fight which I know I am good enough to win.”