Liam O’Hare has lined up two gruelling tests to make sure that he’s in top shape for potential future title contention.
His ring return comes at the Eastside Rooms, on Woodcock Street in Birmingham, when BCB Promotions host a Sunday show there later this month (July 30).
It’s been 10 months since O’Hare last engaged in a competitive contest, where he registered a second six-round points success, completing the distance on both occasions.
The 26-year-old, who lives in Hereford, last outpointed Octavian Gratii, which added to a victory over George Rogers, after stepping up from four rounds.
O’Hare hasn’t lost a round in seeing off Kevin McCauley, Josh Hodgins, Dwain Grant, Rogers and Gratii, taking his pro record to 5-0.
That was considered enough for him to be paired with Midlands super welterweight champion Ryan Amos, with the belt on the line.
They were due to clash in June, but an injury to the challenger ruled him out. That made it a double disappointment for O’Hare, who had been due to box a month earlier.
He said: “It was a trapped nerve in the back of my neck and that made me lose all of the strength in my right arm. I was disappointed, to pull out, but I had no choice.
“I tried everything that I could to recover, in time for the fight. It wasn’t to be. I saw chiropractors, a physio, even had acupuncture, but there was no quick fix.
“Hopefully, I can put in a performance that makes people think that I’m still worthy of a Midlands title shot. That’s still what I’m chasing.
“It’s been a rough year, I’ve gone through two different training camps and haven’t boxed. I want to end 2023 with a bang, but I need to get back in there now.
“I’m focussed on what I’m doing and, at some point, I’ll get to prove that I’ve got stopping power, too. I’m just looking forward to being under the lights again.
“I’ve been staying as fit as I can be, all through the time that I’ve been out. In fact, I’ve also been training for an ultra-marathon, which is going to be 130 miles in 48 hours.
“I’m going on foot, from London to Hereford, and I’ve been running so much that my team have banned me from doing it, until the fight is over!
“It’s for a great cause. I’m supporting a charity called FirstLight Trust, who help veterans locally, so I’m happy to raise some money for them.
“I’m doing that on August 26th and 27th, then it’s my birthday on August 31st, so I’m having that week off. I think I’ll have earned it by then!”
Tickets for the Eastside Rooms bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.