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Alan Higgins seeks title bout before end of 2016

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 February 2016

Alan Higgins (right) pictured during his last bout against Edgars Sniezde at the Camden Centre back in December

Alan Higgins (right) pictured during his last bout against Edgars Sniezde at the Camden Centre back in December

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Kilburn boxer Alan Higgins is targeting a title fight before the end of 2016 as he returns to the ring on Saturday.

The 27-year-old middleweight made his comeback from a 22-month lay-off in December, outpointing Edgars Sniedze, and he is now gearing up to fight again at York Hall this weekend.

Higgins was due to face Sheffield southpaw Wayne Reed but an enforced change means he will face a different opponent – the experienced Czech middleweight Jan Balog – and he is determined to ensure that this bout marks the beginning of a memorable year.

“I want to have this fight and box again as soon as possible,” said Higgins. “I want to build some momentum and I’m looking to have a title fight by the end of the year. I don’t want to hang around.”

Higgins endured nearly two years of frustration after being kept out of the ring by niggling injuries and delays in getting his licence.

He has won all eight of his professional bouts to date and admits it was a relief to finally be back in the ring before Christmas.

“It was good to get in there and get four rounds under my belt,” he said. “I missed the feel you get in the changing room before a fight. It’s a good feeling, you’re nervous and excited, and I hadn’t had that for a while.

“I thought I won every round clearly enough, but I hurt my hand in the third round. I couldn’t really stick my jab on him [Sniedze] in the third and fourth rounds, but I still won comfortably enough.”

- Dale Youth’s Tommy Tear will also be in action at York Hall on Saturday, competing for the Southern Area welterweight title.

The 27-year-old takes on Tamuka Mucha in what promises to be an exhilarating contest.

Tear goes into the contest full of confidence, having won all 11 of his professional bouts to date, most recently defeating Faheem Khan on points in November.

However, Mucha is also unbeaten and has won his 11 previous fights, the latest coming in May when he knocked out Erick Ochieng.

Tickets for the York Hall event can be purchased by calling 07500 869640.

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