Hull Saints' Joel Haigh determined to get piece of limelight
JOEL Haigh is determined to make a big noise on the professional boxing scene as he bids to steal some of rivals' thunder.
The 22-year-old light-welterweight takes part in his fifth pro contest later this month when he faces Dan Carr at the Beachcomber Club in Cleethorpes.
Haigh is unbeaten after turning professional 15 months ago and has slowly started to climb the British rankings.
But with all the attention on established Hull boxers Tommy Coyle and Samir Mouneimne, Haigh is eager to create some hype for himself from fight fans in his home town.
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"There are a lot of other boxers around in this area at the minute and I want people to start getting a buzz about me," he told the Mail.
"Next year I am looking at an area title and 2013 is going to be a big year for me because I want people to start looking at me and I'll give them a reason to talk.
"I'm not getting ahead of myself, though, because I've got a fight coming up which is taking all my focus."
Boxing out of the Hull Saints club, Haigh has been the solitary professional at the successful amateur gym, but he's now been joined by aspiring pro Shaun Whittles.
"It has been different for me because I am from a one-boxer camp, but we are developing as a club and now Shaun has come on board which is great," added Haigh.
"It is good to have a training partner and someone to spur me on and hopefully we can bring the best out of each other."
Initially set to fight on the City Hall Showdown in Hull on September 28, the show has been rearranged for November 2, which means Haigh won't be able to take part.
Having agreed to box on October 19 against Carr, Haigh doesn't want to risk a second fight two weeks later and will instead look to compete again before Christmas.
But he's used the cancelled Hull show to his advantage and says the extra preparation time for his impending fight has been time well spent.
"I felt good ahead of the fight I was supposed to have on September 28th, so I feel even better now," explained Haigh.
"It has been a good camp, I've had some good variation with my sparring and we've worked on all aspects of my boxing.
"I feel like I am maturing physically and mentally in and out of the ring.
"This contest won't be easy because Dan has had a lot of white collar fights. He's known as Dirty Dan and he'll be coming for a scrap. I'm going to box him and not let him get the scrap he wants.
"I'm not going to try and knock him out because he's only been stopped once in 30 fights. If I go to try and knock him out I'll be spoiling my own work. I'll box the fight I want and show people how I'm maturing as a boxer."