‘The Ginja Ninja’ makes his return from eye injury, fighting for the first time since March 3rd, on the Celtic Clash 7 show and is excited about a new chapter in his career.
The BUI Celtic super middleweight champion is keen to get back punching and get the feel of doing six rounds again – and once he dusts off some ring rust he will target an Irish title fight and some all-Irish clashes.
Chief on Blaney’s hit list is Dubliner Thomas Finnegan [2(0)-0]. The Assassin fighter hasn’t fought since the summer last year but has been vocal on social media about a clash with the Navan man.
Also on the radar of Blaney is two-time Irish champion JJ McDonagh [16(8)-5(2)] as the Westmeath man has repeatedly called for a clash, suggesting Assassin’s December 7th show in Mayo.
However, Blaney wants to put the injury and his first career defeat in the rear-view mirror and bank some rounds before that potential meeting.
“I want to have this six rounder to get the cobwebs off and maybe another six or eight rounder after Christmas then the Irish title,” Blaney told Irish-Boxing.com following the announcement of his Celtic Clash 7 fight date.
“I’m hoping I’m mandatory for the Irish so that’s what I want. A fight early next year with Thomas Finnegan would be nice seen as he’s been very vocal while I was out injured so let’s hope he backs it up, and then maybe JJ McDonagh if he still wants it.”
Before Finnegan, McDonagh, or an Irish title tilt, the Ricky Hatton-trained puncher has to get through a comeback clash.
The Meath 26-year-old has had a recent eye operation but claims he isn’t worried about taking on punchers moving forward.
“I feel great I’ve had no issue with the injury. I was sparring today and I was sparring a good lad in Joe Pigford who’s a big puncher so I’m happy with that,” he added before revealing just how excited he is to be back.
“I’m over the moon to be back. It’s been a long time out on the side lines but I’m happy to be back it’s like making my debut again!”