Boxing: Hanks puts career on the line in battle of Potteries
KEVIN Hanks says he is ready to walk away from boxing if he loses tonight's big fight in Stoke.
Promoters Fight Factory have paired Port Vale fan Hanks with Stoke City supporter Marvin Campbell in a battle for Potteries' pride on their six-fight show at the Staffordshire University campus in Leek Road.
Hanks and Campbell are former sparring partners, and the 26-year-old tattooist from Milton has cranked up the pressure before their six-round clash.
Hanks said: "I will have to reconsider my boxing future if I lose to Marvin. I will probably quit – and never leave the house again.
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"A lot of people are talking about this fight and I really do feel that I have to win."
Hanks would love to emulate Andy Keates, who has started his professional career with six successive points victories.
And the 21-year-old from Leek plans to turn on the power again tonight.
Keates is targeting titles at lightweight after admitting defeat in his battle with the scales, and says he will be punching at maximum power against opponent Paul Haines.
"I've been lifting weights to build my strength and put more power in my punches," he said. "I can really feel the difference."
Tunstall light-middleweight Jimmy Doherty faces a tough challenge in his bout.
He boxes Steve Spence, who will make the journey from Scunthorpe in confident mood having last month won the British Masters belt.
Biddulph super-featherweight Nicky Burndred and Abbey Hulton light-welterweight Anthony Basford will both be making their professional debuts at the Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre tonight.
Burndred is matched with Wolverhampton veteran Carl Allen, while 28-year-old Basford takes on Johnny Greaves.
Tickets for tonight's show are still available by calling 07879 997 790.