Heffron signs knockout TV deal

Mark Heffron (right) with his manager Kevin Maree
Mark Heffron (right) with his manager Kevin Maree

Hard-hitting super-middleweight Mark Heffron has been given the platform to get his career off the ground after signing a knockout three-year deal with Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions.

The 25-year-old has been threatening to shake up the 168lb division for some time, having obliterated everyone put before him, but now, utilising the springboard that BoxNation’s partnership with BT Sport can bring, ‘Kid Dynamite’ is ready to explode in to life.

Heffron, managed by Clitheroe boxing coach Kevin Maree and trained by Pat Barrett, faces Christian Hoskin Gomez at the Middleton Arena tomorrow before launching the next phase of his professional tenure on April 8th.

The popular pugilist is set to feature on the blockbuster card headlined by Terry Flanagan’s WBO World Lightweight championship defence against Russia’s Petr Petrov at the Manchester Arena.

That show will also stage the debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams as well as the WBO European super-welterweight battle between Liam Williams and Liam Smith.

“This will get my career off the ground,” he said. “I got a call off my manager, Kevin Maree, saying that they wanted to speak to me. I went to the meeting and it all went really well.

“It was all unveiled at the Etihad and it couldn’t have gone any better. It felt a bit weird being in front of all those top people but I knew a lot of the fighters from the amateurs.

“I’m fighting on Friday and then I have my first fight under Frank Warren in April, live on BT Sport. I’ve signed a three-year contract with the promise of four fights per year.”

The Hall of Fame promoter has high hopes for Heffron and promises have already been made to throw their latest recruit in at the deep end.

The Collyhurst and Moston Lads Club fighter, who had initially camped out at the Stirk House in Gisburn, is targeting the IBO route and, more specifically, Chris Eubank Jr’s world title strap.

“I’ve got a few title fights coming up after the next one,” he said. “I’m being thrown in at the deep end but I’m ready because I’ve had enough experience.

“I think that we’re going to go down the IBO route with the interim belts. There haven’t really been any names mentioned yet though.

“The main fight that I would want now is the Chris Eubank Jr one. He’s got the world title at super-middleweight so I would love to fight him for that. If the chance arose and the money was right then I would definitely take it.

“I’ve watched a lot of him and he’s only comfortable if he gets his own way. That’s something that wouldn’t happen against me. I’m aiming for Eubank Jr and taking that belt off him. I want to win a title outright.”

But there’s no ceiling to Heffron’s ambition. Currently ranked 17th in Britain, with a professional record that boasts 11 knockouts within his 13 triumph, the Oldham-born boxer is determined to mix it with the likes of George Groves, Callum Smith and James DeGale in the near future.

Heffron certainly has the talent to do that. His 84.6% knockout ratio is the fourth most impressive record in British boxing of the fighters that have had 10-plus contests. Only Anthony Joshua, Joe Pigord and Nick Webb carry better numbers.

“I definitely see myself as a big threat in that division,” he said. “I’ve got one of the best knockout rates in British boxing. There aren’t many aside from Anthony Joshua that boast a better percentage than me. It’s an honour to be considered alongside him because he’s a machine.

“I pride myself on my power and my strength, I think that can take me a long way, but I’ve got a lot more to me than that.

“Some people think that I’m a one-trick pony but I want to prove them wrong. They’re going to see a different fighter now. I’m a skillful boxer and I’m out to prove that. I’m more than just a big hitter.”

Heffron added: “I am 100% looking to impact higher up. In the next two years I want to be in the mix with all those guys at the top. I’m 25 now and the best is yet to come.

“This deal means the world to me. It’s something I’ve been working on since I turned pro. I’ve had to work harder than most for this.

“I’ve had to keep knocking people out and winning fights to get here. Things couldn’t be any better at the moment.”