MICK Hadfield is to turn professional and will make his debut at the Summer Rumble at the Stadium of Light.
One of Hartlepool’s best-ever boxing products has ended a long and glittering amateur career by signing for Phil Jeffries.
The North-East fight figure will manage and promote the 24-year-old though his Headland ABC coach and mentor, Tim Coulter, will continue as his trainer.
It is an exciting, though not entirely surprising, venture from Hadfield and Coulter, who will box on the bumper Sunday afternoon show at the Stadium of Light on July 7.
After Hadfield bowed out of the ABA Championship in March, the featherweight had two choices – plough on as an amateur or contemplate a crack at the professionals.
He has chosen the latter and certainly his all-action style, especially a penchant for attacks to the body, is tailor-made for the pro game.
Coach Coulter told SportMail: “I’m excited.
“Going pro was something we talked about when Mick first came to see me about coming back.
“But after being out of boxing for getting on for four years it would have been too much to ask to have gone professional straight away.
“Having that time in the amateurs this year was definitely the right decision.
“Mick has the experience of 90 bouts under his belt and he has the maturity too.
“There are no guarantees that a good amateur automatically becomes a successful pro.
“But he has the skills and he’s fit and I’m confident he can adapt and do well.”
Hadfield’s decision to go pro comes less than six months after making his comeback to the ring.
As a youngster,he was an exceptional talent.
He clinched his, and Headland ABC’s, first national title in 2003, when he won the Schoolboy Championship at Barnsley Metrodome.
It got even better for the teenager as he added the prestigious Junior ABA championship in 2005 and repeated the trick two years later.
His greatest moment came in 2005 when he won a silver medal at the World Cadets Championship in Liverpool where he looked unlucky to be outpointed by Sattibayev Olzhas, from Kazakhstan, in the final.
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