Matt Hainy reckons size matters – and he’s plannng to prove it this month.
Hainy defends his Midlands Area middleweight championship against Martin Concepcion at Hermitage Leisure Centre in Whitwick on Sunday, September 25.
Concepcion, a left hooker from Leicester, is a former holder of the Midlands Area light-middleweight belt and has challenged for both Commonwealth and British belts at 11 stones.
Concepcion is stepping up to the 11st 6lbs division, while Hainy is losing weight to make the limit – and the champion thinks that could be crucial.
Concepcion is also fighting for his future having suffered back-to-back defeats and Hainy says that just adds to the big-fight pressure going into the 10-round clash.
“I think people are asking if he’s still got it ?” said the 29 year-old from Derby. “This is his last chance and he knows it’s time to hang up his gloves if he loses. That will be in the back of his mind.
“I know it’s going to be tough. He has a lot more experience and has fought for major titles.
“But I’m going to be bigger and stronger and hopefully, that will be decisive. I’m a natural super-middleweight, but can lose weight easily enough.
“I’ve only lost to bigger guys in my career and that shows what extra weight can do.
“We’ve done a lot of work in the gym and I will be setting the pace just like I always do. We will see if Martin can keep up with me.
“It could be all about whoever lands the big punch first – or it could come down to who has the best stamina.”
Manager and trainer Clifton Mitchell will ensure Hainy is in tip-top shape for the first defence of the title he took from Tony Randell in a toe-to-toe thriller at the Heritage Hotel last October.
Mitchell, a former heavyweight contender, and Hainy have known each other for more than a decade and the boxer admitted: “I don’t think it would work without Clifton.
“I would never fight for anyone else because no one else knows me like Clifton. He can push my buttons and keep me motivated.
“At the end of every round, Clifton will tell me what to do. I don’t think for myself when I’m in there and he gets me through fights.
“We’re going to see how we can take this.”
Hainy has moved from Duffield to the city centre to be closer to the Lynton Street gym where Mitchell is based.
They are plotting a route to the top of the middleweight division and a repeat victory over Southampton southpaw Tony Hill could lead to a major title challenge.
Hainy ended his un beaten record with a four-round points win in Coventry last April – and Hill is desperate for a rematch.
“I will take that fight if the money is right,” said Hainy, “and I would love to fight him over 10 rounds and stay on him.
“I looked him in the eye before our last fight and knew he was under estimating me. When you under estimate people, you lose.
“He had only boxed journeymen before me and I gave him a welcome to pro boxing.”
Tickets for the show are available from 07917-704403.
September 8, 2011