Young gun Harty tipped to fire

Thomas Harty Jnr, 19, from Thorne.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Thomas Harty Jnr, 19, from Thorne. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Trainer Dave Hulley says rookie Thomas Harty jnr could easily steal the show at the Dome next weekend.

The Thorne bantamweight will make his professional debut on the Bragging Rights show next Saturday.

There is plenty of excitement surrounding the 19-year-old traveller and Hulley for one is looking forward to finally seeing him in action.

“It’s all come together brilliantly for Tom and it’ll be great to finally see him in there,” Hulley told the Free Press.

“He throws some beautiful shots and he’s got a good bit of power as well.

“He’s just got to make sure he doesn’t get hit too much because he likes a good dust up but these are things you can work on.

“Tom’s got a lot of natural ability and we’re very optimistic about what he’s going to do.

“He’s had four good weeks in camp and he’ll be raring to go next week. I think he’s going to impress.”

Harty is currently expected to face fellow rookie Jack Heath who lost on his debut.

Another debutant set for action next weekend is Hatfield’s John Kitching who enters the pro ranks on the back of a short but successful amateur career under Jimmy Harrington at Lindholme.

Hulley said: “Kitch has done well in the gym and we’re confident he’s going to do well in this fight. He’s sparred well with Andy Townend.

“He’s got a testing fight with Sid Razak and we’ll see how he comes through this one.

“I think it’ll be a steady points win that’ll boost his confidence and get him off the mark, giving him something to build on.”

Next Saturday will also see the return of Hatfield’s Connor Nixon following his disappointing defeat to Scott Gladwin in a Central Area super flyweight title fight in April.

Hulley says it is time for Nixon to show he has learned from his mistakes.

He said: “That was a disappointing night for Connor because he didn’t do any of the things he’s good at.

“Since he’s come back into the gym we’ve been working on getting him back there, using his feet and finding that rhythm.

“He should have learned lessons from that night and we’ll see whether he has on Saturday. Connor’s got bags of ability but he’s got to use that wisely when he’s in the ring.”

Denaby Main’s Adam Jones will fight for the British Masters light middleweight title against Matthew Mallin in Barnsley this weekend.

Bentley heavyweight Carl Greaves is also set for action in Sheffield on Saturday night.