Chris Blaney [4(2)-0] finishes the first chapter of his pro boxing journey on Saturday night in Dublin.
The Navan fighter appears on the undercard of the Red Corner Promotions ‘Unfinished Business’ show at the National Stadium in what will be his final four rounder.
Eight months on from his pro debut, it will be Blaney’s fifth pro fight, and ‘The Ginger Ninja’ is really feeling the progression.
The 24 year old, who plans to weigh in at a career-lowest 166lbs, told Irish-Boxing.com that “I feel a lot stronger and fitter for this fight. All the training since I first turned over is all coming together and I feel like this has been my best camp so far.”
“I feel stronger, fitter, and more clever, and can’t wait to showcase it on Saturday night. I have all my tickets sold out, and it looks like it will be a sell out so I’m really looking forward to putting on a show again.”
The venue where Blaney will trade leather on Saturday was busy last weekend too, with the National Elite Senior Championships coming to their conclusion. Blaney finished runner-up at light heavyweight in the previous edition, but has no regrets with his decision to ditch the vest.
“I had a great amateur career and I moved on” he explained. “I don’t like looking back on what could have happened, i just want to keep looking to the future.”
It will be a career-best opponent for the Meath boxer this weekend in the form of Nigerian Oladimeji Akinde [3(0)-3(0)-2], and Blaney is expecting a good workout on the South Circular Road
The Ricky Hatton-trained puncher described how “I think this lad will come and give it a go. He looks strong and fit and I’m really up for it. He has a good record only losing three times and has never been stopped so it would be great to get the KO if it comes. If not, I’m happy to do the rounds.”
“I saw a video of him on YouTube and me and the team are working on a few things that we think we can break him down with. I feel fit and strong at this weight and if the KO is there I’ll take full advantage of it.”
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