Unbeaten prospect Matty Fagan feels he will be in peak condition for his next fight after completing a week-long training camp in Spain.
Fagan flew out to the Costa Del Sol last week for some tough training and top class sparring at the state-of-the-art MGM Marbella boxing gym.
He jetted out with the team from Arnie’s Gym in Manchester with friend and training partner Paul Butler – the WBO and WBA Intercontinental super-flyweight champion – making the trip too.
“We went out last Monday and got back on Saturday night,” said Fagan.
“The place really was quality and everything there is brand new. They have got a sprinting track, bikes and strength conditioning equipment.
“I would go into the gym in the morning and we’d have a boxing session each day then you are free to do what you want but I was going back in the gym or going out running.”
Despite training hard all week, Fagan gained a few pounds during his camp and will now focus on shedding the excess for his bout at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool on Saturday, March 8 – with Butler headlining against on tough Dominican Diego Liriano.
“We got fed so well that we all put a little bit of weight on but we’ve got four weeks until the fight so it won’t be a problem at all,” said the 25-year-old.
Since turning professional, Fagan has won four from four and easily out-pointed wily veteran Youssef Al Hamidi in his last fight on December 7 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
He has now set his sights on putting himself into contention for a shot at a British title over the next 12 months and takes on Andy Harris next.
Gloucester-based Harris, 31, has won only three times in 13 contests but the game scrapper has been in with Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell and Tom Stalker, who captained the Team GB boxing squad at London 2012.
Chester-born Fagan said: “Harris is a very tough, come forward fighter and he’ll come to fight.
“Luke Campbell stopped him and if you catch him then he’ll go down but he’ll keep coming as long as he can. I’m going to stick to what I did in my last fight, showcase my skills and only get involved when I want to get involved.”
Signed with top promoter Frank Warren and trained by Anthony Farnell in Manchester, Fagan has been boxing at lightweight but believes super featherweight is where he will make his mark.
“The plan is to keep dropping down a pound with each fight,” he said.
“It’s a big year for me and there isn’t the same depth at super featherweight as there is at lightweight. In football terms, it’s like dropping from the Premier League to the Championship.
“I want to keep busy and you never look past your next opponent but there is talk of me being back out in May and that would suit me.
“I’d get straight back into the gym and have an easier week rather than take time off.”
Hundreds of fans made the trip across the River Mersey to cheer on Butler and Fagan at the Echo Arena in December and Fagan is expecting similar levels of support at Aintree next month.
“I love fighting with a good crowd behind me and ticket sales are going well and it should be another great night,” said Fagan.
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