Fenton Impact gym unearths latest star boxer Liam Hanrahan

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Scott Lawton with Liam Hanrahan

Scott Lawton with Liam Hanrahan

Stoke-on-Trent’s Impact boxing gym could be unearthing a new star in Super Bantamweight prospect Liam Hanrahan.

The heavy-handed fighter is hoping to claim not only a third win but also a third KO when he fights on the “War of the Roses’ bill on March 8.

And it would be another feather in the cap for Scott Lawton’s Fenton-based gym.

“I’ve over-powered my first two opponents, I know I’ve got a big punch but I wouldn’t say I rely on the one punch,” said Hanrahan, 23.

“I’m just a typical come-forward professional boxer.”

Although his latest opponent is still to be decided, that isn’t worrying the youngster.

“Not knowing the fighter doesn’t really bother me.

“In my first fight we got the opponent the day before so for a pro debut it was a bit nerve-racking and for the second fight I didn’t know until the week before.

“I’ve always wanted to not know who I fight, even in the amateur days. I’ve never looked up my opponent, I like to just get in the ring and do the business.

“No boxer fights the same as his last fight so I don’t see the point in researching the opponent.”

Hanrahan has taken to professional life well after dismantling Blagoy Ivanov in just 71 seconds before stopping Delroy Spencer in the final round in his second outing.

“I feel like I’ve adapted to it quite well if I’m being honest.

“I’ve got a lot better with my punching, I find that as I’m training more I’m punching a lot harder.

“The main difference at professional level is the amount of time you get to take your punches.”

Hanrahan enjoyed success as an amateur boxer but admitted it began to get frustrating.

“Unfortunately, I never represented England, my face never fit.

“I lost to the Scottish champion but went over to Cuba and stopped their champion before beating the Northern Ireland champion.

“But I never got the call for England so turning pro was my best option.”

His manager and trainer Scott Lawton is a legend in Stoke-on-Trent and has fought the best of British in his weight division.

Lawton’s wealth of experience is the reason why Hanrahan teamed up with Impact.

“Scott is a really nice lad with so much experience. He won an English title and boxed at Commonwealth and European level so if there is anything I need to know about boxing Scott will tell me the answers.”

Lawton added: “I’ve been really impressed with the progress from Liam.

“His power has caught my attention, he stopped Spencer, who doesn’t get stopped often so that was a very good win.

“There is no reason why he cant continue his good progress, he trains well and is a good kid. Let’s just see where he can go in the next 18 months or so.”

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