Top three bring glee for Maree

Super-middleweight boxer Mark Heffron
Super-middleweight boxer Mark Heffron

Boxing coach Kevin Maree is more convinced than ever that super-middleweight fighter Mark Heffron will become the country’s next megastar.

The 24-year-old, who goes by the alias ‘Kid Dynamite’, stretched his professional record to 12 wins, 10 of those by knockout, against Attila Tibor Nagy at the Middleton Arena at the weekend.

Heffron stopped his Hungarian foe after just one minute and 12 seconds of the second round after proving far too powerful.

The 168lb supremo, who is training with Pat Barrett at Collyhurst and Moston in Manchester, is next out at Liverpool’s Fusion Club on November 26th with a contest at the Sheridan Suite Hotel In Manchester on December 15th to follow.

However, having acquired his British licence, the British number 10 will look to chase the victor of Jahmaine Smyle and Leon McKenzie who go head-to-head on Saturday for the English title at York Hall.

“Mark is phenomenal,” said Maree. We’re just managing him now because he needs full-time training.

“We’ll always be involved with him and I was in his corner at the weekend. He requires real attention now.

“He’s at a different level and we’ve finally acquired his British license so I’ve sent a letter to the board for him to move on to titles now.

“Nobody voluntarily wants to fight him. He’s ferocious and he’s been too good for everyone that’s he’s fought.

“He can really kick on now. He is the next mega superstar in this country.”

Maree Boxing stablemate Alex McCloy was also in action at the same venue, scoring a unanimous decision victory over seasoned pro Kevin McCauley.

The 22-year-old super welterweight pugilist controlled the bout from start to finish to retain his perfect record from seven outings.

“Alex was sensational,” Maree said. “He walked out to the ring in an elf costume but once he got in there it was all business.

“Kevin McCauley has had 149 fights and he told us that Alex was one of the toughest fighters that he’d ever faced. That’s a huge compliment.

“He shut him out for four rounds and wobbled him in nearly every one of them. He’s brilliant and improving all the time.”

Maree added: “He’s exciting and he’s just like Ricky Hatton in his style. He’s an all-action fighter and he really gets stuck in.

“His movement is excellent, he never stops and his variety of punches is brilliant.”

Finally, Qasim Niaz made his long-awaited return to the ring after 17 months out due to a shoulder injury.

The 24-year-old welterweight took on Ferenc Katona at the Bolton Whites Hotel at the back end of October and secured the verdict on points.

“Qasim fought which was brilliant because he was out for so long and we were desperate to get him back in the ring,” said Maree. “He’s been out of action for over a year now.

“He dropped his opponent in the first round and then chased the stoppage. He was determined to get the knockout on his return but it wasn’t to be.

“It was frustrating for him because he just couldn’t pull the trigger. We’ll see a much better, more confident fighter now.”

Maree added: “He believes in his power more and he looked sensational. It was probably one of the best performances of his career.

“He looked more solid and he had some tough sparring in preparation with Shayne Singleton. He was excellent and I was really pleased.”