Ricky Hatton trained prospect, Chris Blaney, has been added to BCB Promotions’ ‘No Love Lost’ show at Walsall Town Hall next Saturday (16th February).
The ‘Ginja Ninja’ will make his return to action after an 11 month lay-off to take on Angola’s Julio Cesar.
The Irishman suffered an eye injury which required a minor operation but now, fully recovered, is looking forward to making up for lost time.
“Training has gone great so I’m really looking forward to putting it together in the ring,” he told bcb-promotions.com.
“I’ve been out for 11 months with an eye injury which I’ve had an operation on and I’m now back fighting fit.”
Blaney’s last outing saw him compete in an Irish Prizefighter style tournament – Last man Standing. After beating Stoke’s Owen Jobburn, he lost to Bolton’s Jack Cullen; the only blotch on his pro copybook to date which now stands at 10-1.
“I was hoping for an Irish title fight on the same show but it wasn’t to be so I took and chance and entered Last Man Standing but unfortunately came up short to Jack Cullen in the semi final,” he explained. “That’s boxing. I’ve had some time to reflect now and in 2019 I definitely want to fight for the Irish Middleweight Title. However, first of all I just want to get back in the ring and do my job against Cesar.”
The six-round welterweight main event at the Town Hall will see Damian Kiwior, from Poland but based in Wolverhampton, tackle Cornwall’s undefeated Wes Smith.
The rest of the undercard is stacked, with the other support acts occupying the home corner a mix of prospects and contenders.
Tickets, priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP ringside with a buffet and waitress service, are on sale from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It will be £40 for entry on the door.