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MIKE O'Hagan reckons a night at the movies will inspire him to be a smash hit on his professional debut.

The red-hot cruiserweight prospect from Chapelfields will prepare for his fight on promoter Les Allen jnr's championship bill at Bedworth Civic Hall on Friday, March 11, at Red Corner Gym in Stoke - and his local cinema.

His boxing idols include all-action fighter 'Irish' Micky Ward and his story is told in the new Hollywood blockbuster 'The Fighter,' starring Mark Whalberg.

O'Hagan rates Ward's three breath-taking toe-to-toe battles with the late Arturo Gatti as his favourite fights to watch but the 27-year-old said: "I don't want to be having too many fights like that myself!

"They were brutal, unforgettable fights and hopefully I will show the same fighting heart as Micky Ward if I have to.

"I'm definitely going to see the film when I can for some inspiration."

Like his hero, O'Hagan, sponsored by The Arches Snooker and Live Music Venue in Spon End, will be wearing the Irish colours on his shorts when he boxes professionally.

His father, Brian, is from Belfast and also boxed.

BIG-TIME boxing is back in Bedworth.

Promoter Les Allen jnr is staging a show on Friday, March 11, at the Civic Hall where his father, Les snr, boxed nine times in a 94-fight career spent going toe-to-toe with the world's top middleweights.

It will be the first professional boxing show at the venue since October 2006 - and a title fight tops the bill.

James Flinn, the former top-five rated amateur from Coventry, challenges Ben Lawler for the British Masters welterweight championship over ten rounds.

Flinn is unbeaten in eight fights (one draw) and plans to be challenging for the English title this year but Lawler, from Skegness, is a danger man and caused a shock to win the belt in November, smashing previously unbeaten Rob Hunt to the floor three times on his way to a six-round stoppage win.

"This is a step up," said the 28-year-old, "and I want to show people what I can do. I've been given ten weeks to prepare for this. I know my trainer Paul Hudson is going to put me through hell and I'm not looking forward to it but it has to be done if I want to win this belt."

LES Allen jnr could have the next British light-middleweight champion in his stable.

Top promoter Frank Maloney this week confirmed Concepcion will challenge Sam Webb for the title at a venue in London on Saturday, October 16, in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Concepcion joined Allen jnr after parting with Frank Warren and the Coventry manager and promoter has steered the Leicester boxer to the brink of a major championship.

He currently holds the Midlands Area title - winning the vacant belt by outpointing Max Maxwell at the city's Hilton Hotel last December - and Allen jnr is now hoping he will become the first boxer he has managed to win British honours.

Neil Tidman from Bedworth became Allen jnr's first professional champion when he won the Midlands Area super-middleweight belt with a points win over Jonjo Finnegan in March 2007 and he also steered Concepcion's brother, Kevin, to the British Masters middleweight championship.

Allen jnr's next show at the Hilton Hotel will feature the professional debuts of his two latest signings.

Light-heavyweight Sean Sinnnott, a rugged, exciting left hooker who boxed as an amateur with Coventry Boys ABC, will box on the bill on Saturday, December 4, along with Liam Daly.

As an amateur with Northampton's successful Kingsthorpe ABC, Daly twice reached the final of the ABA Novice championship and last season he won the British Universities title before deciding to punch for pay.

FIGHT fans at the Skydome were thrilled by Coventry's rising stars, a boxing binman and a contender for fight of the year.

Top promoter Frank Maloney teamed up with Les Allen jnr to bring a massive night of boxing to the city that was topped by the eliminator for the WBC super-bantamweight title between Rendall Munroe, Leicester's boxing binman, and Victor Terrazas from Mexico.

Munroe hammered out an exciting nine-round stoppage to book a world-title fight and in a championship clash on the bill, Leicester power puncher Martin Concecpion picked himself off the floor to outpoint Kevin Hammond in their rematch and keep his Midlands Area light-middleweight belt.

"What a great fight," said Allen jnr. "A lot of ringsiders were saying it will be voted fight of the year - and that wouldn't surprise me. Their first fight was a thriller - and this was even better."

Also sharing the spotlight on a bill screened by Sky Sports were Coventry boxers James Mulhern, James Flinn and Shane Normoyle.

Mulhern continued his climb towards a crack at flyweight honours by outpointing Kevin Coglan over four competitive rounds of action. The referee gave Mulhern every session, but the 2001 ABA light-flyweight champion was made to work for victory.

LES Allen jnr reckons a horror trip to Coventry for his opponent has handed the boxing binman the advantage going into tomorrow night's massive fight at the Skydome.

Allen jnr has joined forces with top promoter Frank Maloney to bring Rendall Munroe's eliminator for the WBC super-bantamweight title against Victor Terrazas to the city - and reckons the odds have swung in the Leicester binman's favour.

Terrazas finally arrived in the city on Tuesday night after a two-day journey from Mexico.

He went on a 300-mile drive from Guadalajara to Mexico City. Terrazas was supposed to catch a flight to Gatwick, but that was cancelled, so instead went on an 11-hour flight to Madrid.

That was followed by a 14-hour drive to Paris where he caught the Channel Tunnel - and after another four-hour drive, Terrazas and his trainers finally arrived in Coventry.

Allen jnr said: "I think this tips the scales in Rendall's favour. I can't imagine Terrazas would feel great after such a journey and then have to fight on Friday night. It is not doing him any favours. If he wants to beat Rendall, he will have to do it early because he will run out of steam.

"Rendall will box his ears off. He is fast and difficult to catch. I think he will win comfortably on points."

The undercard features three Coventry boxers - and James Flinn has cranked up the stakes before his local derby against Kristian Laight from Nuneaton.

Flinn targets a fifth straight win and said: "I will quit if I can't beat Kristian. I know he can be a handful, but if I can't beat him, I'm not going anywhere. I'm planning to knock him out."

James Mulhern, the 2001 ABA light-flyweight champion, aims to make it three wins out of three against Kevin Coglan, while all-action welterweight Shane Normoyle makes his professional debut.

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