GARY Fox says he’s happy to be the ‘Mackem-enemy’ for the second time in a row when he headlines the Summer Rumble boxing bill at the Stadium of Light next month.
The Fishburn fighter takes on Sunderland’s Lee Mould just three months after he fought Wearside’s Kirk Goodings.
And although Mould will have home advantage, Fox says that will not bother him in the slightest as he looks to put the first successive defeats of his career behind him.
“I’m never bothered by the noise of the crowd, even if they’re all against you,” said the 28-year-old.
“If anything it will suit me more because I love a great atmosphere and I’m really looking forward to this fight.
“I want to get back on track after two defeats in a row but more than anything I’m looking to get myself a belt.
“That unbeaten record thing has never bothered me anyway.
“I only lost one of my first 12 fights - a defeat I later avenged - but it was the third fight of my career that I lost so the unbeaten record went early on.
“For me, it’s more about good, exciting wars that the crowd will love and that I enjoy.
“Most of my fights have been 50:50 but I like that because I like being aggressive.”
Fox is looking to be a bit more street-wise when it comes to Summer Rumble 4 on Sunday, July 13 and the chance to bag the vacant BBBC Northern Area light welterweight title.
“Although I’m always going to come forward and be aggressive, I have been working on my defence,” he told the Echo.
“In the past I never used to mind getting hit because I used to think it brought out the best in me. “Now I realise it’s a lot better to be slipping punches and that is the side of my game I’ve been looking to improve.
“Hopefully that’s going to work out in my favour next month because I’ve still got a lot to offer and I’m out to prove it.
“I’ve got a good record and I’ve been involved in some great fights but I’ve lost my last two and the best way to put that behind me is to get out there, beat Lee Mould, and pick up a belt to prove a point.”
Tickets are on sale for the event through the boxers themselves and Sunderland promoter Phil Jeffries on 07747 611 020.