Unbeaten Staffordshire boxer Nathan Heaney will go for his second international title on November 6 at the Utilita Arena Birmingham in front of more than 1,600 of his fans.
The 13-0 middleweight fighter faces Bosnian Sladan Janjanin (30-8) for the IBO Continental title in his first title fight under the wing of promoter Frank Warren.
The 32-year-old has already won the super middleweight accolade before when he outboxed Christian Schembri at a sell-out King’s Hall, Stoke, in March 2020.
Around 775 watched him perform that night – less than half the amount of supporters he will take to Birmingham.
Writing on Facebook, ‘Hitman’ Heaney wrote: “1600+ Stokies will be traveling to the Utilita Arena Birmingham to roar me on whilst I attempt to bring my second IBO title back to our city and become the international champion.
“This will be an incredible day and night.”
Heaney on ‘toughest fight so far’
Heaney knows that he faces in a stern test in the journeyed Janjanin.
The 30-year-old has claimed 23 knock-out wins across his career.
‘The Miner’ comes into this one on the back of a unanimous decision victory over fellow countryman Edis Dzambas.
He started his professional boxing career with a 14-0 record, and only lost one of his first 24 bouts.
However, in recent years, his form has depleted having lost seven of his last 15 clashes.
But Heaney is not under-estimating his opponent.
Speaking in September, he said: “I’ll be fighting over ten championship rounds for a major title with one of the main governing bodies.
“All I can say is it will be my toughest fight so far. But I’ll do my absolute best to bring another title back to our city.
“It’s going to be electric.”
Heaney’s last bout in August saw him stop Russia’s Konstantin Alexandrov in the fifth round at the Birmingham Arena.
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