Vassell will be looking to make a third successful defence of his commonwealth welterweight title but faces a tough challenge in a young and ambitious Heffron. The 22-year old has fought three times already this year and fought just last week when he beat Peter McDonagh for the second time. Since turning pro in 2009 he has built up a record of 11-0 with 5 KO's. Vassell (19-0, 9 KO's) on the other hand has not fought since beating Samuel Colomban last year.
Vassell's trainer Bob Shannon believes that his fighter will simply have too much for Heffron.
"Denton's been offered the fight and says he wants it, so let's go. Ronnie Heffron is such a good fighter and Anthony (Farnell, his trainer) is someone I have a lot of respect for, but Denton has been chomping at the bit for this one," said Shannon. "People talk about Denton not fighting yet this year - they forget that he's the type of guy who is in the gym all year working on his boxing skills. Denton's been hurting sparring partners lately, really hurting them, and he wants to kick on for his family."
"Everyone knows that Denton is a quiet family man, be he is a ferocious man when he gets in the ring now and he knows Ronnie will come to fight. Denton's my Achilles, but without the heel - a great warrior who loves to fight. Denton's always been very laidback. Lately he has been training next to Ricky (Hatton). He has seen Ricky's mental desire up close and has what you need to get to the top of the boxing ladder."
"Working alongside Ricky inspires Denton. Denton's like a caged tiger because he has seen Ricky working for a big fight so that gets you thinking as a fighter because you want those nights as well. It is great, his focus has come through at the right time because he wants and needs this type of challenge. We have a lot of respect for Ronnie and Anthony, but this is wrong time to meet Denton Vassell."
By Jack Price @PriceyJ97.