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Allan Phelan ready to show off improvements made during two-year ring exile

Nothing’s going to stop Allan Phelan [6(4)-2(1)-1] in Dublin on Saturday night.

The Kildare super feather returns to the ring for his Irish debut after over two years of inactivity, and will box in a four rounder on the ‘Unfinished Business’ card ran by Red Corner Promotions at the National Stadium.

Phelan, to his immense credit, stayed positive throughout all the injuries and lack of opportunities, and is absolutely delighted to be finally making his return to the ring. Indeed the Newbridge boxer feels he has developed and improved in all aspects of his game during his fight hiatus.

25 year old Phelan told Irish-Boxing.com that “it feels fantastic to be back after so long. I’m looking forward to getting back on track.”

“I’ve improved and developed a lot – not only the body, but the mind also with the not getting fights and hard times. My boxing skills have gotten a lot better and I’ve being working on a lot in the gym.”

Phelan begin his career in New York, but has since returned and linked up with Paschal Collins and the Celtic Warriors Gym. While his Irish debut on Saturday will be a special occasion for Phelan, it will also be an historic night for Kildare pro boxing, as it will be the first time ever that two Kildare prize-fighters appear on the same bill.

Eric Donovan, a potential future opponent, will be the other Lilywhite in action, and Phelan notes how “there are a lot of Kildare fans going. I think it will be great will make me raise my game. Everybody has pressure on them when fighting in front of crowds, it’s all about how you deal with it and adapt – and I will stand out from it.”

“I’m training hard for this fight, I’m not letting anything stand in my way of this. I just have to be smart listen to the corner and do what I do best.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie