KIERAN Farrell knows he will have a fight on his hands when he faces Swinton Slugger Jon Baguley at Bury’s Castle Leisure Centre on Friday, March 2.
The pair will be contesting the vacant Central Area lightweight title, a crown Baguley won back in 2008.
For Farrell, a Ricky Hatton fighter, it is his first challenge for a professional title.
The card is the latest in Hatton TV’s Friday fight night series that is broadcast live on YouTube and draws tens of thousands of fans from around the globe.
Mancunian Farrell, aged 21, has romped to victory in all 11 professional fights and lost just one round during the three-year period.
But the Bobby Rimmer trained and Paul Speak managed boxer is expecting a big test from Ingle man Baguley (W9 L20 D2).
Farrell who lives and breathes boxing, going to bed at 8pm every night, said: “Jon will bring the best out of me. The fans will be in for a treat because Jon gives as good as he gets and is the best opponent I have faced so far.
“He is a decent kid and I watched him hammer Vinny Mitchell who was unbeaten, so he is a proper test.
“He has a go, stands there and trades. That is what I love, someone standing there and throwing a few back.”
Baguley, aged 23, knocked out Mitchell in February 2010, and has also mixed with top-class operators like British champ Anthony Crolla, Andy Murray, Mark Moran, Kevin O’Hara, Liam Walsh and John Watson.
Farrell forcast: “This will be the first of many titles for me.”
The bill will showcase some of the north-west’s best young fighters including Ricky Hatton trained Adam Little, Jimmy Kelly and Ryan Doyle.