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Bacon set for big backing in bout at Bethnal Green

Boxer Henry Bacon signing professional forms at the Gables Farm Gym in Bramford Road, Ipswich where he is trained by Steve

Boxer Henry Bacon signing professional forms at the Gables Farm Gym in Bramford Road, Ipswich where he is trained by Steve "Spartacus" Smith, right

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BOXING: Henry Bacon will be backed by two coach loads of supporters as he looks to secure his second professional victory at the legendary York Hall, in Bethnal Green, on Saturday.

Bacon hopes to make it two out of two in the paid ranks when he takes on tricky southpaw Bobby Wood, at the London venue, having safely navigated through his debut fight against Costas Osben, in Newmarket, in April.

The Ipswich super-middleweight is intent on getting valuable ring time under his belt, with coach Steve Spartacus targeting an area title shot in around 18 months’ time.

However, keen to impress the travelling hoards who will make the short journey to east London, Bacon would not be unhappy if he was to secure a knockout against the 30-year-old from Walsall, who boasts a record of four wins and nine defeats.

“I have got a couple of coach loads going to follow me and we have had to order some more tickets so I am very lucky in that respect, that the Ipswich public want to follow their fighter,” said Bacon.

“It would be nice to get a stoppage victory in front of them, to show them what I can do, but if it goes the distance then that will do me good too. It is all about the ‘W’ on my record.

“Wood is not a journeyman and is not just in the game for the pay cheque and hopefully he will get in the ring to try and knock me out.

“So I am going to have to be a bit careful but, with the training I have been doing with Steve (Spartacus) which has been second to none, I should have no problem.”

Bacon turned professional earlier this year having reached the semi-finals of the ABA Championships as an amateur but he is measured enough to realise he is still learning his trade.

Therefore, he is no rush to run before he can walk.

“I am hoping to try and fit a couple more fights in before the New Year as it is hard to get out of shape and then back into shape again,” admitted Bacon.

“But I am taking one step at the time so that when the fights come up, they come up at the right time for me and I am ready to play.

“It is a learning curve and there is a lot of differences between the amateur and professional game.

“The amateur game is very thick and fast, whereas in the professional ranks it is more of a thinking man’s game and more like chess rather than the fencing-style in the unpaid ranks where people go in windmilling each other.”

Bacon boxed as a light-heavyweight as an amateur but currently weighs in at super-middleweight - a division that is been dominated domestically and on a world stage by the likes of George Groves and Carl Froch.

“I am trying to break into the middleweight division but I am at super-middleweight at the moment which is a division where there are not as many fighters but one that is very competitive,” he said.

“In the middleweight division there are a lot more fighters but the quality is not as good.

“It is just a case of getting settled at the weight I am comfortable at right now.”


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