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Ciaran McVarnock to end sabbatical with a Straightener in the Car Park

Ciaran McVarnock [10(3)-0-1]will fight for the first time in two years in a car park next month.

The Belfast fighter returns to action on the second Dennis Hobson ‘Straightener in the Cark Park cards’ in Sheffield.

‘Bunty’ will take on a yet-to-be-confirmed opponent for the unique show in the Sheffield Arena Carl Park 2 years and 3 days since he was last seen in the ring.

McVarnock fights a yet to be confirmed opponent on the undercard of Kash Ali versus Tomas Salek on May 28.

The last time the 29-year-old laced them up he defeated Alex Bazza in at the Devenish in May of 2019, that fight was meant to kick-start a period of activity for a fighter whose previous fight was as far back as 2017.

However, he took time out from the game-turning down bouts with glove-wearing opponents to help his partner fight a much more dangerous foe in cystic fibrosis.

Now with girlfriend, Nicole Adams on the mend the Kevin Maree managed fighter has returned to boxing and will make his comeback very soon.

Speaking recently in a very honest and open interview with Irish-boxing.com, McVarnock revealed he was not only keen to return but to get active.

“I’m hitting the peak of my career so I need to get a move on and get back into the ring. With that in mind, I’m glad Kevin Maree is my manager. One thing about Kevin is he keeps his fighters busy. He is one of the busiest managers in boxing in the UK. If his fighters aren’t fighting on the big televised shows then he has them ticking over on the small hall shows in between.”

The Belfast fighter is confident the fact he has been out of the ring for nigh on two years will enable him to get some breakthrough fights – and if big chances come he is confident he will take them.

“A lot of people are going to want to fight me now and accept fights with me simply because of my inactivity recently. For me that is good.

“This year I will break through I will up the rounds and I will make a name for myself at the featherweight scene. If I didn’t believe in myself I would have stayed in Belfast and jacked boxing in and just lived a happy life with my Mrs. But deep down I know I can do extremely well in this sport I know I can go far. I don’t want to live my life with regret.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com