Busy Blaney feeling the benefits of full-time training with Ricky Hatton

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Navan’s Chris Blaney [3(1)-0] is reaping the rewards of training full-time under Ricky Hatton.

‘The Ginger Ninja’ has relocated to Manchester for his pro career and on Saturday fights in another short-notice date, this time at the National Stadium in Dublin on the Red Corner Promotions ‘Inception’ card where he will face a to-be-confirmed opponent over four rounds.

Constantly in camp, the Meath man is keeping active in his first year as a pro and is delighted with a stream of regular fight dates. Blaney explained to Irish-Boxing.com that “I’m training all the time so I’m always ready. and I’ll always take fights as long as Ricky and the team aren’t busy on that weekend. It’s definitely paying off, always training.”

It is a return to the South Circular Road venue where he debuted during the Summer, knocking out David Bauza inside two, and Blaney is glad to be back after two quick-fire dates in England. The 24 year old admitted that “I like to think that every fight is the same, but it’s always better fighting back in your home country.”

While his debut is still fresh in the memory, Blaney hopes to exhibit improvement to his home fans and described how “my head movement and defence is much better and I’m feeling a lot stronger and fitter so I can’t wait to put it on show on Saturday night.”

This weekend’s bout will be Blaney’s fourth in four months and he is looking to progress should everything going to plan, outlining how “it’s hopefully my last four rounder, and maybe my last fight at super middleweight as I’m dropping down to middle, where I see some great fights in the future.”

Joe O'Neill

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