CORK, Ireland (August 26, 2010) – Noted worldwide boxing manager Gary Hyde today announced the signing of British amateur standout Mark Heffron to an exclusive contract. Hyde also manages 2-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux and European super middleweight champion Lolenga Mock.
“I’m excited to sign Mark Heffron,” the Cork, Ireland-based Hyde said. “Freddie Roach told me this kid’s a huge talent and he advised me to sign him. Our plan is to keep him busy, starting with his pro debut September 5th in Wolverhampton, England and then, hopefully, five more fights before this year is out.”
The 18-year-old Heffron fights out of Manchester, England. He captured a gold medal at the Junior ABA Championships and silver at the European Youth Championships. “With Gary Hyde as my manager,” Heffron remarked, “the sky’s the limit. Through Gary’s connections, I’ve already met Freddie Roach and trained with some of his fighters at the Wild Card Gym. I can’t wait to make my pro debut September 5th.”
Heffron, who is trained by Joe Gallagher, finds himself in good company with Hyde’s other fighters, Rigondeaux and Mock. “Rigo” (6-0, 5 KOs), touted as the hottest prospect in the world, is the No. 8 rated super bantamweight by the World Boxing Association, despite having only six pro fights. Mock has defeated world champion Charles Brewer, floored reigning WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye, and extended world champions Lucian Bute, Mario Veit and Gabriel Campillo the full distance in their fights.
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