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Mark Heffron vs. Roberto Cocco on October 4th in London, UK

Oldham’s Mark Heffron is set for a tough test on the 4th October, when he faces recent Italian Super Middleweight Champion Roberto ‘The Hammer’ Cocco on the Dave Murphy Acourtier Events promoted NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS mega event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

In his career to date, Mark has racked up a six victories, five of which were by early stoppage.

On his pro debut back in September 2010, at the Bekkerfield Festival in Heerlen, Holland, Mark knocked out Germany’s Torsten Roos in the second round, just thirteen days later, at the Urania Hall, Olszten, Poland he scored a points victory over homeboy Arek Malek.

Fifteen days later Mark was on his travels once more, this time to the Dr. Papp Laszio Sporthall in Szentes, Hungary, where he dispatched the home fighter Attila Molnar in the first round.

Just over a month later Mark was once again in action, this time he had a much shorter trip, to the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, where he knocked out Burnley’s Chris O’Brien in just one minute and ten seconds of the first round.

Five months later Mark headed to the City West Hotel in Dublin, where he stopped Spain’s David Pulido in the third.
It would be a whole year before Mark was next in action, once again he packed his bags and headed to Holland, where he dispatched Frenchman Fehti Bentafna inside the first round.

With only the one outing in 2012 and none so far in 2013, Mark is clearly fired up at getting some serious ring action on October 4th, as he made clear when he spoke earlier.

“I’m really pleased to be fighting at York Hall next week.

It’s been well over a year since I last fought, so October 4th can’t come quick enough for me.

Gary (manager Gary Hyde) has got me a good opponent, Roberto Cocco, he only lost his Italian title in June so I’m sure he wants to get back to winning ways, as much as I want to keep my unbeaten record.

Fights like these are what the fans want, it’s also what I want, I don’t want an easy ride, I’m a fighter and I want to fight the best.

He may have a lot more experience than me, he’s had twenty three fights to my six, but stoppage wise we’re five apiece.

I can’t wait, it’s going to be a cracking fight and the fans are going to love it.”

Mark Heffron versus Roberto Cocco features on the Dave Murphy, Acourtier Events promoted ‘NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Friday, 4th October 2013


RICKY HATTON has helped his charge Ryan Burnett improve his training by getting in the ring and sparring him himself.

‘The Hitman’ swapped his focus pads for gloves on Friday morning and did several rounds with the Belfast prospect in order to sharpen him up for his appearance on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s clash with Jeremy Parodi on October 19.

And Hatton says it’s something he’ll be doing with all his boxers from now on.

“Because of my retirement I’ll never be a slim Jim, but it was good to get in there and do a few rounds,” Ricky said.

“What better way of training the lads is there than sparring? By getting in the ring I can see if they’re dropping their left hand or making any other mistakes their opponents can take advantage of.

“When I hit them on the chin it hits home and I can’t teach them that kind of lesson with the pads.

“There’s some great trainers out there, but I can’t think of one who’d be willing to do some sparring with their lads. I’ll be doing it with all my mine from now on.

“Ryan is very quick, but he’s still a novice. He’s knocked his first two opponents out, but he’s still got to learn how to in-fight. This was a good way of showing him a few things and he very well.”

Despite his enjoyment of sparring again, ‘The Hitman’ was quick to rule out another comeback.

He said: “There’s no chance of me fighting again. I’m very happy with the career I had and all achieved so I’m going to leave it at that.

“Although the result didn’t go my way, I got what I wanted from the fight with Senchenko. I proved I could go straight back in with a former world champion and I’m proud of that.”

Fight fans were busy Googling “Arfan Iqbal” after Tyson Fury called him “my secret weapon” in his preparations to fight David Haye

The searches revealed Iqbal is an unbeaten light-heavyweight from Derby – and he can punch.

Last month, Iqbal headed to Belgium to spar Tyson Fury in preparation for his fight with David Haye that has since been rescheduled for February and his new biggest fan – all 6ft 9ins and 18 stones of him – will be there when the 22 year-old aims to make it seven wins out of seven in Whitwick, Leicestershire.

Fury will have a ringside seat at Hermitage Leisure Centre on Sunday, October 13 after promoter Clifton Mitchell added his cousin, unbeaten heavyweight Hughie, to the show.
Fury will also be cheering on Iqbal after sparring “around 70 rounds” with him in Belgium.

“I was there for three-and-a-half weeks,” said Iqbal, “but it feels longer when you spar Tyson Fury every day !
“We sparred four rounds every day and it was tough.

“When I first got there his reactions were slow, but when he sharpened up he had great speed and movement.
“I didn’t expect a guy who stands 6ft 9ins tall and weighs 18 stones to be so fast and mobile.”

Fury has based himself in Belgium with his trainer, and uncle, Peter for his last four fights and Iqbal said: “Essen is in the middle of nowhere.
“The closest shops are a 15-minute drive away. It was just train, train, train and when you finish training all you want to do is sleep.”
Iqbal did have the energy to pick the brains of Fury’s other sparring partners.

Seve Cunningham, who has twice held the IBF cruiserweight title and decked Fury in his last fight, and contender ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers were also part of the camp and Iqbal said: “They gave me a lot of advice about training and how to throw certain shots. I’ve learned a lot.”
Iqbal looks set for a big season.

He already has a place on a Channel Five-televised show pencilled in for November, then Mitchell hopes he will top the bill on a dinner show in Derby before the end of the year.
Iqbal said: “If I keep winning, by the end of the season I should be ready for a shot at a title.”

The show in Whitwick also features Prince Dave Davis meeting Jahmaine Smyle for the vacant Midlands Area super-middleweight title, an exciting match up between Marc Ketnor and Kevin Hammond for the vacant British Masters middleweight belt and an English-title eliminator between all-action flyweights Terry Broadbent and Louis Norman.

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