No nerves for Herdman

Daniel Herdman is confident there will be no repeat of his nightmare professional debut when he has his third paid fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green tomorrow (Friday) night. The Stevenage boxer is part of the undercard on the Hennessy Sports show, w

Daniel Herdman is confident there will be no repeat of his nightmare professional debut when he has his third paid fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green tomorrow (Friday) night.

The Stevenage boxer is part of the undercard on the Hennessy Sports show, with Sky Sports One screening the action live from 9.30pm.

Herdman, 23, is a part-time bricklayer and trained by Tony Sims after an amateur career that included winning the junior ABA title, Olympic junior silver medal and England international honours.

The light middleweight, who represented east London amateur club Repton before turning pro, made his professional debut in October. But things did not go according to plan and he lost on points after four rounds to Latvian Gatis Skuja at the York Hall.

Herdman, however, won convincingly on points when he returned to the same venue to beat Cambridge's Ben Hudson in February.

He said: "All the nerves got to me with it being my pro debut and a big occasion, plus I hurt my hand during the fight which didn't help.

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"Everything got to me and I didn't do myself any justice.

"But I felt a lot more relaxed for the next one and I feel nothing can stop me now, there won't be any nerves. I know what I'm going in there for now and I know what to expect.

"I've been training in Tenerife for this fight. I went over there as a holiday, but when I learnt I had a fight coming up I started running up the mountains there and training in a gym."

Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster box office on 0870 0601795 or at www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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