Coach Hague backs fighter Harry’s British title bid

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Scarborough-based strength and conditioning coach Danny Hague is hoping his work with York’s Harry Matthews at a local gym has him fighting fit ahead of a British title fight this weekend.

Middleweight Matthews is fighting Ryan Aston at Wolverhampton Civic Hall this Saturday for the British Masters title.

Hague said: “It’s a pleasure working with such a focussed athlete. Harry gives 100 per cent in every session and really understands the importance of the long term athletic development process.”

The coach, who has been working with Matthews at Compass Gym on Barrys Lane, added:”My work mainly focusses on improving him as an athlete and giving him the key physical qualities required to be successful in the ring. I have been working with him to improve his force producing qualities, and the rate he can produce these forces through periodised strength and power training. Once these qualities are in place we have been working on his ability to reproduce high levels of repeatable force in a fatigued state so he has the gas in the tank to take his opponent into those deep waters.”

Hague, who also plays football for Flixton in the Saturday League, said: “Harry continues to make great gains with his performance and he has done everything he can for his fight preparation, which will hopefully result in him winning the British Masters title.

“I would like to thank Nick Ingham and Compass Gym for allowing me to train my performance athletes at the gym and thanks also go to Nick for supporting and arranging sponsors for Harry’s fight camp.”