Boxing: John Thain will let his boxing do talking

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Edinburgh light middleweight boxer John Thain will get his first taste of a ten-rounder tomorrow night as he aims to maintain his undefeated record against England’s Ronnie Heffron.

The 26-year-old, who has won all 11 of his fights since joining the pro circuit almost four years ago, is ready to go two rounds more this time after sampling eight rounds in a triumph over Ryan Toms at Wembley Arena last April.

“I don’t feel like I’ve trained harder than I have done for any of my previous fights,” said Thain, who is appearing on the Paul Butler undercard at Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse. “It’s been a very hard camp and a lot of hard work to make sure I am ready. Everything has been structured towards that (ten rounds), so everything is fine.

“He’ll be possibly my hardest fight to date. This is not a guy who is looking to survive, but a guy looking to win. The way ahead is to win this fight and then we’ll be looking for championships after that. I haven’t won the fight yet, so I need to go and do it and then I can say what I like. Every fight has been a step up, so I’m just taking it one fight at a time. I always try to keep my feet on the ground.”

Thain, who is promoted by Frank Warren, prefers to avoid pre-fight verbals and instead prefers to let his boxing do the talking. With regards to the much-publicised recent spat between Stephen Simmons and Wadi Camacho, Thain said: “I think that fight got a bit personal and that’s obviously between them. That sort of talk sells the fight and makes big news. I’ve never really had that sort of thing happen and it’s the actual fight that is going to be entertaining with my punches and movement.”