Heavyweight Matt Gordon bulking up for third pro outing

UKO Boxing 05/02/2016

Rob Ellis

West Bromwich prospect Matt Gordon (2-0) is proving to be true heavyweight as he smashes down 4,000 calories a day ahead of his third professional fight.

The Black Country big man is looking to be as busy as possible in 2016 after coming through his first two fights victoriously last year.

Gordon, who is back in action on Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing’s ‘Undefeated’ show at Walsall Town Hall on 19th February, admits that while most fighters battle to lose weight, he has the opposite problem.

He told uko-boxing.com: “I’ve been losing weight because I’ve upped the training so I’ve had to up the calories too.

“I like to be around 16-and-a-half stone to fight but I’ve been coming in just above 16st in my fights so far.

“I don’t like to give away too much of a weight advantage to my opponents because generally, about 17 or 18 stone is average for a heavyweight. So I’m not trying to gain weight for the sake of it but, as training goes up, the calories have to go up too.

“At this stage in a training camp I need to eat about 4,000 calories a day to maintain weight. But I don’t get sick of eating. It’s a good thing – I love it!”

Gordon, 31, wants to fight as regularly as possible this year.

“I want to be busy,” he said. “I’d fight every couple of months if I could.”

Topping the bill on 19th February is Halesowen favourite Lennox Clarke(9-0) in an eagerly anticipated eight round battle with Harlow’s seasoned Richard Horton.

Ricky Hatton-trained quartet Nantwich’s Nathan Gorman (1-0), Market Harborough’s Reuben Arrowsmith (3-0), Romford’s Paul Upton (11-0) and Wednesbury’s Sam Evans (2-0) are back in action against as yet to be confirmed opponents.

Old Hill’s stylish lightweight Manny ‘Pac Man’ Zaber (3-0)and Stoke super lightweight Kieron McLaren (6-0) complete the card.

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