Higgins targets hat-trick against Italian veteran at York Hall

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 November 2012

Alan Higgins with trainer CJ Hussein

Alan Higgins with trainer CJ Hussein

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Alan ‘Avalanche’ Higgins admits he has mixed feelings as he goes in search of his third straight stoppage at York Hall on Sunday.

The Kilburn super-middleweight, who has gained early victories in both of his first two professional fights, is aiming for a hat-trick when he faces Italian opponent Matteo Cecchetto in a scheduled four-round contest.

Yet the 24-year-old is also keen to accumulate more ring time, having stopped Emmanuel Moussinga in the first round on his debut in July and followed that up with a second-round success against Richard Hajdu.

“The idea is that they’ve got someone in they don’t think I’ll be able to stop,” Higgins told the Times. “But obviously if I can stop the guy, I want to get him out of there.

“I hope this will be the last four-rounder I do, but at the same time I hope it doesn’t go the full four. The only reason I’m still doing four-rounders is that I’ve not got past two yet.

“But I know there’s no need to rush – it’s all about me gaining more experience. As long as I can keep the wins coming, that’s the main thing.”

The former St Pancras ABC amateur, who was an ABA finalist in 2009, travelled to Finland for the Hajdu contest, but returns to the scene of his pro debut for Sunday’s Left Jab Promotions show.

Although Cecchetto is 37, he only joined the paid ranks a year ago and recorded a win and a draw before September’s points defeat by Chris Hobbs in Portsmouth.

“There were about 3,000 people watching in Finland and it was a good atmosphere but not as noisy as York Hall,” added Higgins.

“I don’t know if I’ll get back out in December, but I’ll be in the gym over the new year, keeping myself fit and if I get a call in January that’d be brilliant.”

Doors open at York Hall at 2pm on Sunday, with boxing due to get under way an hour later. Call 07979 494 950 for ticket information or visit

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