MICK Hadfield is “raring to go” for his second appearance as a boxing professional.
The exciting Hartlepool fighter will be looking to make it two wins from two when he takes on Jack Heath at Houghton-le-Spring a week tonight.
Hadfield made an impressive pro debut in July when he outclassed and outpointed the Nottinghamshire-based Latvian Pavels Senkovs at the Summer Rumble.
It was as good a first bout as you will see and the 24-year-old will be looking to follow that up at the Rainton Meadows Arena next Saturday.
Heath, like Hadfield, has boxed only once in the paid ranks, losing on his debut in Lincolnshire in July.
Hadfield and coach Tim Coulter are expecting what in boxing parlance is known as a “live” opponent.
The match-up is part of promoter Phil Jeffries’ plan of “entertaining 50-50 fights” for the North-East boxing public to enjoy.
And there are no complaints from the Headland camp.
“It’s going to be different to fighting a journeyman,” Coulter told SportMail.
“There’s going to be a lot more fight in Jack Heath that’s for sure.
“When you are up against a journeyman, they may have a bit of a go but they are essentially there to survive, take the young fighter the full rounds and then pick up their money.
“I’m expecting a proper fight on Saturday and Heath will be coming to win.
“It means Mick will need to concentrate on his defence but it should be a good fight.
“I think bouts like this are better for the fans, they make for more entertainment with both boxers going for it.”
Heath is 19, young and ambitious and while Hadfield is five years his senior he’s still a fresh figure himself given the sabbatical he took from boxing in 2009.
His return has been excellent, reaching the quarter-finals of the ABA Championship in the spring before turning pro in the early summer.
“Mick is improving all the time,” added Coulter. “Since making his debut he’s gone up 10 to 20 per cent.
“He’s sparred with Tommy and Martin Ward and Peter Cope and he’s impressed.”
Hadfield, sponsored by Allicante Apartments, will have plenty of local company on the bill.
Fellow unbeaten neighbours Anth Hardy and Paul Archer are on the show which is headlined by the English title derby between Kirk Goodings, from Sunderland, and Boro’s Paul Truscott.
For ticket info, get in touch with Mick on 07896 946318.