Stoke-on-Trent boxer Nathan Heaney is gearing up for his 12th professional fight next month but is also dreaming big about the future.
The 32-year-old has won all of his 11 bouts so far, most recently defeating Ryan Oliver on points in February.
The IBO Super Middleweight champion takes on Bulgaria’s Iliyan Markov (6-14-2) on Saturday June 5.
He will welcome his army of fans to watch him for the first time since signing with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions last year.
Covid regulations are allowing 1,000 spectators inside the Telford International Centre for fight night, which sees Britain’s Daniel Dubois take on Romania’s Bogdan Sinu for the WBA interim heavyweight title.
Heaney‘s allocation of 600 tickets sold out in minutes.
The avid Stoke City supporter has built up quite the fan-base and hopes one day to welcome them all to an open-air fight at the Bet365 Stadium.
“All the way through my career people have asked me about boxing at the Bet365,” he told Queensberry Promotions.
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“I think there is something special going on in our city and I really believe that if Frank put me in a British title fight it could happen.
“You would need the Queensberry superstars on there to make it a real event, but I really do think the city is going crazy for my fights.
“I want to push for Frank and Queensberry to put on a show at the Bet365 Stadium. I do think it is possible in the Summer of 2022.”
Heaney staying grounded despite big ambitions
Heaney explained that he knows there is hard work to put in before that day arrives.
He added: “I have to keep winning, moving up the rankings and hopefully get that British title shot.
“I say next summer for the British title because I can have some good step up fights between now and then.
“I could have three or even four fights in that time.
“More than anything in the world that is what I want. To be British champion would be amazing.
“I have visions in my head of what the walk out would be.
“It would be one of the greatest things ever, but I need to speak with Frank about this sort of stuff.
“We will get together soon and see what the plans are.”
Heaney’s bout with Markov will be broadcast live on BT Sport.
Also on the undercard is light heavyweight Tommy Fury, who competes in his sixth professional fight.
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