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Nathan Heaney v Brad Pauls - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of Nathan Heaney and Brad Pauls as Stoke-on-Trent's hugely popular middleweight puts his British title on the line in Birmingham this Saturday night.

Nathan Heaney v Brad Pauls

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Nathan Heaney capturing the British middleweight title as a 9/2 underdog was one of the feel-good stories of last year.

On Saturday 16th March, 'The Hitman' (1/3) will go from being the hunter, to the hunted, as Brad Pauls (12/5) aims to end the fairy-tale rise of the Stoke star.

But who will win?

It's time to look at the 'Tale of the Tape'...
 

Nathan Heaney v Brad Pauls
Tale of the Tape

TOTT

 

Nathan Heaney

Brad Pauls

Odds:

1/3

12/5

Age:

34

26

Nickname:    

'The Hitman'

'The Newquay Bomb'

Height:

6ft 1ins

5ft 10ins

Reach:

74ins

71ins

Weight:

Middleweight

Middleweight

Trainer:

Steve Woodvine

Terry Steward

Record:

18-0 (6 KOs)

18-1 (10 KOs)

Last Fight:

Won - (UD) v Denzel Bentley (November 2023)

Won - (TKO) v Mitchell Frearson (December 2023)


Nathan Heaney
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Reaching the summit is difficult, staying there can prove to be an even more arduous feat.

Nathan Heaney fulfilled a life-long dream when he defeated Denzel Bentley, to capture the British title, as a heavy underdog.

Many observers had written the ‘Hitman’ off as a ticket seller who only received opportunities due to his large fan base. he subsequently silenced those critics with the standout performance of his career to date.

In the past, the Stoke man had been guilty of trying too hard to entertain his supporters, taking unnecessary risks in the process. 

However, on that night in November, he turned in a disciplined showing, adhering to the excellent advice and game plan of his coach, Steve Woodvine.

Heaney will need to display that self-control once more, as Pauls’ punch power will be a constant threat.

The champion could be on the cusp of a big fight at his beloved football club's bet365 Stadium if this vein of form continues; but he cannot afford to overlook the challenger.

Strengths:Weaknesses:
MobilityLack of one-punch knockout power
Hand speedSusceptible to an overhand right
Overhand rightOpen to straight punches
Applies pressureStays in range too long


Brad Pauls
In Profile

Brad Pauls may be the underdog, but he need look no further than the man across the ring from him for proof that upsets do happen.

Prior to Heaney’s stunning victory over Bentley, it is likely that the odds for this fight would have been much closer. In reality, both men are stylistically similar and well matched.

‘The Newquay Bomb’ fell short in his previous televised opportunity, as he was outpointed by Tyler Denny over 10-round, for the English title. Given that Denny has subsequently won European honours, there is no shame in that defeat.

The Cornwall native won the English strap at the second time of asking by stopping Mitchell Frearson, last September.

Pauls will hope his greater punch power will lead to him adding the British title to his collection.

Strengths:Weaknesses:
Applies pressureIneffective on the back foot
Jab to the bodyMoves back in straight lines
Hooks to the bodyOverreaches with shots
Combination punchingHead falls over the front foot

All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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