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Rob Hough and trainer Matthew Hatton talk March 8 outing at Bowler’s

Phil Jay 24/02/2014

Stockport’s Rob Hough takes to the ring for the second time on March 8 as the 31 year-old fights at Bowler’s in Manchester following his debut success at the venue last year.

Light-heavyweight Hough, who fights under the tutelage of retired world title challenger Matthew Hatton, stopped Bryan Richardson in just two rounds to get off to a winning start in his career and now aims to build on that performance against an opponent to be named next weekend.

“Training has gone really well for this fight and there has been no injuries this time around,” Hough told World Boxing News.

“I have enjoyed great sparring in the build-up and everything has been going well. It’s also great having Matt Hatton in my corner as his wealth of knowledge really helps and he has the experience to guide me and give me confidence.

“Going back to fight at Bowlers again is good because I now know what to expect. I have got a good crowd coming to support me with it being local and I expect to put on a performance for them.

“My aim is to just keep improving for the remainder of this year and get more rounds behind me. I am looking move up to six and eight round fights before the year is over.”

Coach Hatton, 32, is revelling in his new role since swapping gloves for pads in 2013 and says Hough is knuckling down in the gym and will only get better as his career progresses.

“I am really pleased with Rob in the build up to this fight, but even though he won his first outing by spectacular knockout, both myself and Rob were not best pleased with his general performance and the mistakes he was making,” said Hatton.

“I have noticed a significant improvement in his concentration and application for this fight and I am confident we will see a more polished performance on the 8th, hopefully with a similar outcome to his debut.”

Ryan Doyle, Liam Hanrahan and Neil Perkins also feature on the Bowler’s bill next week, with tickets available through the Coldwell Boxing website at www.coldwellboxing.com.

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