News April 2014

Liam Hanrahan tells Livefight that he's ready for a taste of the big time.


By @John_Evans79

“Yeah, I enjoyed it. It was a bit different to Bowlers!” Liam Hanrahan told Livefight after weighing in for tonight’s fight with Antonio Horvatic, (3-3, 2 KO’s). After building his reputation on Dave Coldwell’s successful shows at Bowlers Arena, Hanrahan got his first taste of the big fight atmosphere as he stood on the scales in front of a few hundred people at Manchester Central yesterday.

Tonight’s fight at Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena isn’t a litmus test – the exciting super bantamweight is still a few fights away from having to prove anything - but it is a useful taster of what he can expect should his career progress the way his promoter, Dave Coldwell, is predicting.

“To be honest, I don’t really get nervous. I’m buzzing. I’m fighting on a top bill at the Manchester Arena on the Britain’s biggest promoter’s show. I was saying to my wife earlier when we were out walking the dogs, if someone had told me 18 months ago when I made my debut on an undercard at Bowlers that my career would have gone how it has, I’d have thought ‘Yeah, right. We’ll see.’

“It’s gone better than I could have imagined. Everything’s been perfect so far.”

Since turning professional, the former talented amateur has displayed that one asset that can separate a fighter from the pack in the lower weight divisions: knockout power. So far, four of Hanrahan’s six opponents have failed to hear the final bell and at least two of those stoppages have been highlight reel stuff. Hanrahan’s preparation has been aided by some sparring sessions with Scott Quigg, who defends one of the WBA’s super bantamweight belts against South Africa’s Tshifhiwa Munyai tonight.

“I’m surprised [at how his power seems to have transferred from the amateur game] but I put that down to the work I do with my trainer, Scott Lawton. It’s a completely different game to the amateurs. You’ve got the time over six rounds and there are smaller gloves and no headguards. I’ve grown up myself a lot too and I’ve been doing a lot of strength work.

“It’s an honour to be asked by a world champion to spar him. I did alright. We did a good, steady eight rounds sparring and I held my own considering I’m only 6-0 and he’s had 29 fights. You only learn from those kind of spars.”

Hanrahan entered the sport with a noisy fan base but as time has passed, his travelling band of followers has become larger and louder. The group have a saying, “We don’t turn up, we take over” and although the cavernous Phones 4u Arena will prove a bit harder to fill with sound than the more intimate Bowlers Arena, the Macclesfield massive will give it a good go. Hanrahan has also noticed other fighters benefit from using their walkout music to build an identity and, after running a couple of polls amongst his supporters, has settled on a permanent tune.

“I blank all the crowd out and just concentrate on what’s in front of me and stick to the gameplan. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what venue you’re in or what kind of crowd you’re in front of. Put all that to the back of your mind while you’re fighting and then take all that in afterwards, hopefully when your arms in the air.

“I’ve got a mad lot coming on the Saturday. I’ve done 260 tickets and I’ve still got people asking for them. I’m sticking with “Cum On Feel The Noize”. My fans came up with a song a few fights ago and I’ve always said that I wanted a song that’s mine. “Cum On Feel The Noize” is mine. Everyone associates Deacon Blue to Derry Mathews and Blue Moon to Ricky Hatton but we won’t go there, I’m a Red!”

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