News April 2019

Matty Fagan - "I know I have the talent to do what I want to do"


By @John_Evans79

It may have taken a year, but the penny has finally dropped for Matty Fagan, 4-0. Four fights into his professional career, the 25 year old has realised that he can make a real impact on the domestic scene. Having so far campaigned at lightweight, Fagan makes his latest appearance on this Saturday's bill at Aintree and has decided to rededicate himself and target the super featherweight division.

Before my first fight I hadnt boxed for a year, had been on three holidays and I went to the gym and two and a half months later, made my debut. That was a shock! Fagan told Livefight. I had the same work ethic all year really. I was dead heavy all the time, getting down to my weight the week of the fight. I came back to the gym after Christmas this year about 7lbs lighter than I usually am. I feel so much better in myself. If you feel better in the gym you perform better and Ive realised now that I do have the talent to do what I wanna do.

Im not gonna shout about being a super featherweight yet. This is the first time Ive made lightweight for this fight and Ive done it rather easily. Im just gonna see how it goes and maybe come down a pound each time I box.

Fagan was expected to beat Youssef Al Hamidi last time out but the manner in which he dealt with the tough journeyman seems to have lit a fire under the man from Ellesmere Port. He may be unbeaten but its fair to say that until he coolly dismantled Al Hamidi, Fagan had shown a tendency to fight with his heart rather than with his head. His debut against Francis Maina descended into an all out war and Scotsman Ryan McNicol frustrated, fouled, cut and dropped Fagan before the man from Ellesmere Port found his rhythm and ran away with the fight on points.

I got a cut in the fight before that [against McNicol] and Arnie [trainer, Anthony Farnell] told me not to get involved in round one. He comes on strong in rounds five and six. I didnt get involved at all. Even though I really wanted to get stuck in to him at times I just stuck to my boxing for six rounds and got them in the bank.

Ive always used my brain! he laughs. Before my debut, because I hadnt boxed for so long I just had to grit it out. I got caught with some good shots. The second one was a straight forward win over Kristian Laight. The third one I got a head butt and cut in the first 20 seconds. I had to think my way through that one.

Anthony Farnell spends countless hours trying to get his fighters to use their skills rather than getting dragged into unnecessary wars. Fagan was a decent amateur and it seems like Farnells methods are beginning to become second nature.

Yeah, it is. Its like the things we do on the pads. I used to throw my shots and hed tell me to finish with such and such, say a jab, and hed be waiting for me and Id miss the jab. Now, its boom, straight away you know whats next. Sometimes, I throw the shot and the pads not there! Youre a step ahead.

Ive always been a counter puncher. What used to happen was that Id be a counter puncher and then in the last round when I got tired Id go for it. Its easier to slug it out when your tired than to stick to your boxing.

I know I can have a fight. Arnie says If you ever have to have a fight, then fight but if you can box, box.

Championship Boxing will be televised live from Aintree on BoxNation and BoxNation HD this Saturday night.

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