Always-improving Chris Blaney excited to fight in opponent’s home town

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It’s been just over six months since Chris Blaney fought his last amateur contest, and on Saturday he steps into the ring for his third pro bout.

The Ginger Ninja boxes on a Hatton Promotions card at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke as he looks to continue his pro apprenticeship under trainer Ricky Hatton.

The 24 year old super middleweight spoke to Irish-Boxing.com about his first half a year as a professional fighter and noted how “I think I’ve improved and keep improving every week.”

“I’m much stronger, and I’ve controlled every round of every fight so far so I feel I’m fitting right in to the pro game.”

Such is the nature of the professional boxing scene in Ireland, this is Blaney’s second successive fight in England as he looks to quickly bulk up his record. The reception when he steps through the ropes on Saturday night wont be as electric as his headline debut at the National Stadium was in June. It’s a necessary part of most prospect’s development and the Navan described how “I wouldn’t say it’s easier [fighting in England] but there is less pressure on me. Hopefully I’ll get to fight back in Ireland soon in front of my home fans.”

“No fights lined up yet, I think I’ve a week or two off after this fight, but then it’s back in the gym and I’ll hopefully get another one before Christmas… but as you know I’ll fight with a weeks notice, I’ll be ready.”

Blaney is referring to his previous bout against Kiril Psonko in Walsall. Recalling the clash, the Meath man explained how “I only had a few days notice for my last fight and I wasn’t 100% fit for it – but I knew I could control the fight and I didn’t really have to get out of second gear.”

“For this fight I’ve had a full camp and I’m more than ready to pile on the pressure.”

The man facing the pressure on Saturday will be light heavyweight Mark Till [3(2)-22(4)-2]. While his record might not be easy on the eye, Blaney is expecting that the 29 year old will be a special night for the journeyman. He explained how the four-round bout is “in his home town in Stoke. It’s his first time fighting in Stoke so he’ll be well up for it, just as much as I am.”

“I can’t wait for it!”

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