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Dean Byrne: I considered retirement but I am going to give it one more go

AFTER an early Prizefighter exit Dean Byrne considered hanging up his well travelled gloves, but thought again and has decided to solider on.

The 30 year old welterweight, who was once tipped for the top by none other than Freddie Roach, lost to Mark Douglas in the first round of the knock out tournament and his first thought was to call it a day.

After losing to Frank Horta after taking the fight within days notice the Dubliner drifted further away from title contention. A draw with respected American Carson Jones, who gave now World champion Kel Brook a major scare, in what was another short notice bout seemed to reinvigorate Byrne.

However, a Roman Belaev points reverse in Monaco and an early Prizefighter exited had Byrne considering his future, but the former Australian light welterweight champion has elected to fight on.

The fighter, who some argue has the skill set and toughness, but not the power to compete at the highest level told Irish-boxing.com that he was going give the fight game one more go. The popular Byrne will now focus on making sure he is ready and at his best for a 2015 return.

“I was thinking of calling it a day after Prizefighter to be honest. I shouldn’t have went into Prizefighter to be honest, my nose was broken in title fight in February and didn’t heal properly before Prizefighter,” Byrne told Irish-boxing.com.

“Me being me I wanted to compete and try and take the chance so I went in an after that I was going to call it a day. I had a break but I’ve slowly started running again an getting back to fitness and the desire is back.

“I want to give it another go it’s going to be a while before I get back to my best, but I owe it to myself to give it one last crack.

“I won’t get back in the ring until 2015. I was offered a few fights, but I turned them down as I know now you need to be 100 percent before you get into the ring.”


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