Heaney: My fans will make me seem like the headliner

Big ticket-seller Nathan Heaney has captured the imagination of his home city of Stoke. With just 1,000 tickets available due to current Covid-19 restrictions, the middleweight’s fan base snapped up Heaney’s allocation of 600 ahead of his appearance on the Daniel Dubois vs Bogdan Dinu bill in Telford on Saturday.

Heaney (11-0, 3 KOs) believes he could have sold as many as 2,000 tickets for his bout against Bulgarian Iliyan Markov, with Stoke’s female fans also enticed by the appearance of former Love Island star Tommy Fury.

 “I have sold 600 tickets. I could easily have shifted 1,500 tickets and perhaps 2,000,” said loyal Stoke City supporter Heaney. “About 400 women wanted to go when they discovered Tommy Fury was on the bill, but they missed out this time.

“I gave first option to everyone who went to my last fight where fans were allowed. I privately messaged everyone who went to my contest against Christian Schembri last year. I let them know a few days before the fight was announced and they put their names down first. The allocation was gone in an instant and I now have a waiting list of 500 people.

“I want to get on Frank Warren’s big shows. I love representing my city and I want to give my Stoke lot some great nights on BT Sport shows. On June 5, Frank will see the atmosphere I can bring. I am not even the main feature. Daniel Dubois is the headliner. Tommy Fury will be the main feature. I am a side act.

“Make no mistake on the night you will think I am the headliner. That isn’t my doing, it is those who support me. It is scary how loyal they are.”

Heaney will be buoyed by his feverish Stoke support on Saturday.
Photo: Queensberry Promotions.