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Exclusive: Matthew Hatton talks Adam Hague progress, English title eliminator on March 4

Phil Jay 23/02/2017

Adam Hague returns to action on Saturday March 4th as the undefeated lightweight battles Lee Appleyard at the Doncaster Dome in an English title eliminator.

The pair have fought before as Hague took a fight against Appleyard on two days notice back in June 2015, a bout that doubled up as Hague’s professional debut.

Referee Michael Alexander edged the contest 58-57 to Hague, who jumped to six rounds for his opening career clash before dropping down to four rounds from September until April of last year.

Having since moved back to the six round mark, Hague heads up to ten next month in a bid to land a fight against the winner of the headliner between Robbie Barrett and Kevin Hooper on the same night.

Hague is now boasting a 10-0 record as a pro, whilst Appleyard has lost once more in the eight bouts since their original meeting.

Trainer Matthew Hatton is convinced his fighter has come a long way since then.

“Adam was a boy the first time they met and has improved dramatically in all areas,” Hatton exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Most importantly, his conditioning has improved and he’s developed into a man now. Adam is impressing me all the time in the gym. His discipline and dedication has really impressed me and next week will be his first fight at lightweight, a weight which he is making comfortably.

“Adam is such an exciting fighter to watch with his attacking body punching style, but recently I have been working on his defence and he’s made big improvements.

“Obviously, with just ten fights Adam is a work in progress, but he’s a very talented young man who I have spent hours with improving and developing from only winning 8 of 22 amateur contest. He’s pushed on, in my opinion, to be one of the best and most exciting prospects in the country.

“This is Adams first big fight against a good solid fighter in Appleyard, but if Adam is as good as I believe he is I am very confident of an impressive win next week and hopefully will see Adam challenging for the English title in the summer.

“That would be a fantastic achievement and a testament to how quickly he’s come on within two years of being a professional,” he added.