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Ahead of pro debut, Chris Blaney is very Ginger but not that much of a Ninja

Ninjas are usually┬ámasters of stealth and secrecy, but┬áNavan’s ‘Ginger Ninja’ is ready to break the Ninja code on Saturday.
Chris Blaney doesn’t want his display on the top of ‘The Future’ show at the┬áNational Stadium this Saturday night to go under the radar, and is adamant he won’t get the job done unnoticed.
The Ricky Hatton-trained fighter is keen to be the first visible ‘Ninja’, but argues standing out won’t have anything to do with his bright hair colour, and will rather be based on the manner in which he performs on Saturday night.
The debutant, who admits to being in dreamland ahead of his debut, plans to plant his name on fight fans lips with an impressive first fight innings this weekend.
“I am a little bit nervous as its my first pro fight. but more excited now as it gets closer,” Blaney, who will debut at super middleweight, told Irish-boxing.com.
“It still doesn’t really feel real. I’m training with Ricky and topping the bill on my debut, but I can’t wait to put on a show for all the fans. Everyone will be talking about the Ginger Ninja Saturday night!” Blaney added before making a prediction.
“100% a win I’ve trained hard for eight weeks for this so I’m definitely not losing. If the KO comes it comes. I won’t be looking for it but anything can happen on the night.”
Over the last eight weeks Blaney has been working on the amateur to pro transition. The Navan man claims he has improved and learnt under former World Champ Ricky Hatton and is confident the Stadium faithful will notice the difference on Saturday.
“Training went great. I got a good bit of sparring so I am more than ready for the fight.
“Ricky’s happy with me so I’m happy too. I’m still learning from Ricky, he has so much to show me and I feel I have learnt loads already. I’m hoping to put what I have learnt into practice on Saturday.
“I feel a lot stronger since this camp started so we will see if that will make a difference to how I win the fight.”


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