GARY Fox today vowed to give Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings the “biggest hiding of his life” when they square up at the Metro Radio Arena on Saturday night.
Goodings makes the maiden defence of his English lightweight belt against the Fishburn fighter.
The champion is the warm favourite for the 10-rounder on the undercard of the Stuart Hall-Martin Ward IBF bantamweight confrontation. But Fox is ultra-determined and ultra-confident that he can upset the odds in Newcastle.
“I’ll give him the biggest hiding of his life,” said the Northern Area title holder.
“I’m better, stronger and fitter than I’ve ever been – I can guarantee Kirk is going to get it, one million per cent.
“I can’t wait to show people, particularly any doubters, what I can do.”
Goodings won the title last October in another North-East derby – a landslide points triumph over Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott.
It was a high-quality boxing display from the 24-year-old and the 10th – and best – victory of his career.
But Fox insists he will still be on 10 wins after Saturday night.
And the 28-year-old says there will be no sweet science from him – just sustained aggression. “I’ll be non-stop for 10 rounds,” he said. “From the first bell, I’ll be getting stuck into him.
“I’m really, really confident and I won’t tire. I’m more than ready, everything has gone perfect in the build-up and I just can’t wait. Kirk’s a decent boxer, but boxing will be going out of the window. It will be a war.”
Fox reckons he has been motivated by what he views as a lack of respect from Goodings and boss Phil Jeffries who, ironically, is manager of Gary as well.
The bout was originally due to take place at the start of this month and Goodings was lined up to defend his belt at the Metro Radio Arena against Yorkshire prospect Jamie Sampson.
The inference appeared to be pretty clear – the Sunderland camp were expecting an easy night against Fox.
“They had the second fight arranged before we’d even fought,” Fox said.
“They tried to say that they never meant it like that and it was a mistake.
“It got my back up, but, to be honest, I just gritted my teeth and got back to my training.”
The pair will come face to face tomorrow at the weigh-in at the Metro Centre in Gateshead (2pm).