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Chris Blaney loving life under Ricky Hatton

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Navan super middleweight Chris Blaney [1(1)-0] has credited trainer Ricky Hatton for for making him a stronger and faster fighter.

The Ginger Ninja turned professional this year under the guidance of the former two-weight World champ who both trains and promotes him – and the 24 year old is enjoying life at the Hatton Gym in Manchester.

The prospect made an impressive debut back in June at the National Stadium, stopping David Bauza in the second round in a surprisingly-controlled display, and he thanked his trainer for helping him transition to the pros.

Blaney described how “I love having Ricky as my trainer as well as my promoter.”

“Ricky has shown me some little tiny things that nobody has shown me before and they’re making me stronger and faster.”

“I’ve been boxing since I was eight years old and I’m still learning every day.”

The Meath puncher will be looking to put these tiny things into practice on Friday night in Walsall when he faces Kiril Psonko in a short-notice bout.

Time-frame is no issue to Blaney who explained that “I just love boxing so I’ll take any fight that comes my way.”

“It’s short notice, but I jumped at the chance. I’m always fit and ready to go and this is an opportunity to add another win to my record.”

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