The Navan man had bemoaned the fact he had to face what some would describe as a ‘fall over merchant’ in February after his original opponents had pulled out last minute- and was therefore delighted to be penciled in to face recent BBBoC Southern Area champion Nicky Jenman, who was coming into the bout off the back of a stunning win over Tey Lynn Jones, on the Red Corner ‘For Honour and Pride’ card ast Saturday.
However, the Brighton boxer was forced to withdraw from the fight, forcing a change for Blaney and he initially must have feared the worst. However, BBBoC Central Area titlist Darryl Sharp stood in at late notice and gave Blaney the challenge he craved.
Blaney won on points (59:56) but had to work for the six rounds by the Kieran Farrell fighter and was delighted he got to show is skills while entertaining the crowd in the process.
“I got a fight, one I needed, and one I wanted very much. I loved every minute of it,” Blaney told Irish-Boxing.com afterwards.
“You work hard for seven weeks and you want to show people how hard you worked and the improvements you made. You want to show you have heart and can battle if needs be.”
“My last few opponents in Dublin didn’t let me show that. I boxed them for the first round and then once you up the pace a little they fall down. No one wants that not me or the fans.”
“This lad was one tough f*cker. He took everything and showed why his record is so good. He was never stopped before and I know why now.”
“He took some serious right hands and he gave as good as he got. He caught me with a few shots, shots I shouldn’t have got caught with. I wasn’t hurt, but he was trying to fight back. I knew he was dangerous so I boxed him and when I had to fight him I did that too.”
The Ricky Hatton trained fighter came in three pounds over the middleweight limit and having slowly worked his way down over seven fight camps claims he is ready to make an impact at 160lbs.
“I am down to middleweight now. What I want next is another tough six rounder then the middleweight Celtic title and, if I win that, the natural step is the Irish title.”
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