Matching young up and coming boxers is becoming more of a challenge for promoters and managers in modern day boxing. Ipswich super-middleweight Henry Bacon (3-0) and Peckham’s Diego Burton (2-0-1) have certainly made promoter Olivia Goodwin’s job easier by agreeing to fight each other on the 3rd of December at the York Hall.
It’s not often that two young, hungry fighters are willing to put their unbeaten records on the line in a fan friendly 50/50 match up.
BoxRec News caught up with Henry during his preparation for his upcoming fourth professional bout.
“I’ve been after Burton for a while so I’m really happy to get the fight. Also it’s a better fight for the fans watching two unbeaten fighters go at it."
Bacon, who is trained by former English light-heavyweight champion Steve Spartacus and managed by Tony Sims believes the company he is keeping in the early days of his career is giving his confidence a real boost.
“Yeah I’m really confident, I’ve seen him fight before and think I’ve got his number. I have been getting the best in sparring from John Ryder and have sparred with Darren Barker so I feel this will give me valuable experience come fight time. I am based in Ipswich but I try and get to Tony’s gym at least once a week for sparring in the run up to a fight.
“Fight preparation is all down to the quality of your sparring partners and when I share the ring with those guys it cures all my bad habits and turns me into a much better fighter."
Henry made his professional debut in April and has stated that he wants to keep busy and test himself in each fight as he tries to establish himself in the domestic super-middleweight division. The Burton fight will be his third bout in the last two months.
In October, Bacon dropped and stopped Bobby Wood with a vicious body shot; he was out again last Sunday scoring 39-37 points win over Hayden Chick.
So is Henry happy with his progress to date? “Yeah, I'm really happy with how things are going. My first fight was a real test against Costas Osben who was a dangerous fighter, he wasn’t a journeyman and was fighting to win. My second fight ended in the first round when I stopped Wood with a beatutiful body shot. I just want to keep busy so took a fight on a Left Jab card at a week's notice. I wasn’t completely happy with the fight and didn’t perform to my best but still came away with a win which is important.”
Ipswich isn’t known for it’s boxing scene so the local fans have really taken to Bacon and he has gathered a large and loyal following during his short career to date.
“I’m really lucky to have such a good following. Around Ipswich there isn’t really a boxing scene anymore so I am the only pro from the area. I think it’s a nice change for my fans who enjoy a day out watching me fight. It’s not like following your football team where you could go every week, watching me fight every couple of months is no big deal. Every time I fight I get more fans on board.”
The first eight months of Henry’s career have flown past so it’s probably a good time for Henry to look forward 12 months and try and picture his future.
“Hopefully within a year's time I will be ready to challenge for a title, something like a Southern Area belt. With the company I keep in the gym I feel the sky is the limit so would then like to push on for a British title too. John Ryder is going places and I’m rubbing shoulders with successful fighters and it's doing my confidence the world of good.”