Matty Fagan will take a hit in the pocket but insists it’s a price worth paying as he attempts to restore his reputation.
Fagan and training partner Mason Cartwright should have been boxing last Saturday in Widnes, however the show was cancelled at the last minute with promoters blaming poor ticket sales.
With opponents in place and training camps completed, the pair have now been added to a show on Saturday night at the Olympia in Liverpool instead.
Fagan will lose out financially as a result of the switch but the 26-year-old, who suffered the first defeat as a professional in his last fight, knows how important it is to start rebuilding his career.
“I was gutted when I heard the show was cancelled because that’s what I’d trained for,” said Fagan, who trains under Anthony ‘Arnie’ Farnell.
“I did a session on the Saturday and a night session, and then I was in the gym Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so when you’re told the fight’s off it’s frustrating.
“I didn’t sell as many as I would normally but when we spoke to the promoters they said I had sold the most and Mason was second, but a few others hadn’t really bothered and it wasn’t worth them putting the show on
“We’ve managed to get a space on show at the Olympia and I’m fighting the same kid but now I’ve got to pay the opponent out of my ticket money and give a share to the promoter so I’m going to come out with a lot less.
“It’s hard because this is my job but hopefully it will be enough to see me through until my next fight and it’s got to be done because boxing is my life. Mason’s a young kid and he was a bit down about it but he’s okay now because we’ve got to be professional.
“It’s another week of training, another week of dieting and watching what we eat and drink but we’ve got a job to do.”
Fagan will take on Stockport’s Jamie ‘Devil Child’ Quinn and has lined up a rematch with Andrejs Podusovs, the man who beat him back in October, in Ellesmere Port in June.
“I spoke to Arnie and he’s said that if I can win these two fights then it will be like taking away my defeat and step me back up the rankings,” said Fagan.
“The kid who beat me has had a couple of good performances since and he won a title the other week in Scotland but I’m leaving no stone unturned for that because that’s going to be a make or break fight for me.”