That night saw the Dublin light welter pulled out in the sixth round of his BUI Celtic title fight with Tyrone McKenna on a big Belfast BoxNation show.
Work and family commitments conspired to keep the East Wall favourite out of the ring afterwards, with Hanney being unable to commit to the sort of training required to be a professional boxer.
A new year has come around though and it’s a new Jake Hanney, with ‘The Wizard’ looking to get back in the mix with a new team.
Hanney contacted Irish-Boxing.com to say that “I’m back training full time out in Celtic Warriors Gym with Tony Davitt, Paschal Collins, and that.”
“2018 will be my rise again to my best, I’m fully committed this year.”
The defeat to McKenna stung for Hanney who admits that “I’m back to redeem myself from that last fight where I was at my worst!”
“I didn’t spar one round for my last fight over a cut, I hardly trained, but with this team it’s right.”
The 28-year-old is determined to do better in 2018 and promised that “this year is gonna be big for me and I’m gonna prove everyone wrong.”
“People haven’t seen my best yet. I owe it to myself to do things right.”
“My commitment and dedication are 100%. I’ve never been hungrier to show who and what I’m really about – and heads are turning already. I’m feeling good.”
“I thought long and hard about this decision and didn’t want to do it if I wasn’t fully committed”
A date will be confirmed for Hanney shortly, with the Northsider expected to feature as part of the Tony Davitt co-promoted Celtic Clash series going forward.
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