Kane Heron looking for big performance at Danforth, ShoBox date in 2018
If you’ve picked up that Lee Baxter Promotions’ fighters compete often and move fast, that’s by design.
Kane Heron, a former national champion at the super lightweight limit of 140 lbs. is no exception.
On Friday, Dec. 8, Heron will headline at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto against his most competent opponent to date in Dwayne Durel. On the line will be the vacant WBA-NABA Canada Welterweight Title.
“Kane (Heron) has been fighting some tough opposition, but the opposition he's been fighting, he's disposed of them,” said promoter Lee Baxter. “I want to see how much better he's gotten with taking his career a lot more seriously.”
Heron debuted in October of 2015, dispatching of four opponents in the span of five months. However, when he travelled to Wembley Stadium to take on professional opponent Kevin McCauley, he broke his nose. Another break in sparring forced him to take nearly an entire year off, before finally returning to the ring in March of 2017.
Since that return, he’s taking things much more seriously.
“Everything from my weight to overall performance have been redefined since March,” Heron said. “When I came to the pros I was at 154lbs. This fight is at 147lbs., which I can make comfortably. In the future, we may even try to get down to 140lbs. but right now welterweight is comfortable for me.”
Six fights later, Heron is 9-0 and fighting for a regional title. With a win here, he’ll be in the mix with some of Canada’ top welterweight fighters. Currently ranked fourth in the country according to BoxRec, it’s not unfathomable that we could see him against Mathieu Germain (third) or Jessie Wilcox (second) in 2018.
“Since March he's been refocused and he's only been showing more and more improvement,” Baxter said. “This is the first fight where there's a lot more on the line, there's a lot to gain here. He's fighting for the Canadian title. He wants to make a name for himself so I would expect him to put it all on the line and make a statement here.”
And while it’s premature to start talking about 2018, Heron and his team have big plans for the year.
“I think 2018 will be a huge year for me,” Heron said. “I was out for eight months with an injury, but since coming back I’ve fought six times in 2017, that’s a lot more active than anyone else in Ontario. I’m going to be fighting as much as possible. We’re trying to get up those rankings.”
Baxter believes that instead of shipping his talent to the United States, he can draw a Showtime or ESPN card to Ontario, with Heron service as a co-main or main event.
“What I'm trying to do is not sell out. I don't want them to get to 8-0, 10-0, 12-0 and then ship them off to the U.S,” Baxter said. “What I want to do is build them and bring the TV to us. I want to have enough guys where I can get a ShoBox date and go into 50-50 fights here in Toronto. That's the only way the city will take to this.”