Emmet Brennan is ready to get the vest back out of the draw and could make a surprise if brief return to the amateur game.
The popular Dub, whose unlikely Olympic journey captured the attention of the nation, had revealed pro ambitions and declared himself a pro fighter earlier this year.
The Docklands graduate had spent time in New York training under John Duddy and alongside Feargal McCrory and declared an interest in fighting on the Taylor-Serrano undercard.
However, he has yet to debut, indeed he hasn’t fought since he exited the Tokyo Games at the gloves of Dilshodbek Ruzmetov last summer.
A shoulder injury threatened to end the Dub’s pro career before it even started and he has endured a ‘horrible’ time since Tokyo.
The 31-year-old is back fit now and believes he will soon be ready to fight. In fact, he has targeted a January comeback and may just return at the next installment of the National Elite Championships.
Speaking online he said: “After what’s been a horrible 18 months with a shoulder injury, it looks like I’m on the way back to the boxing ring. First session of a long few months ahead getting back to 100%. Still a long way to go but very happy to get some rounds in this morning relatively pain free. Elite champion 2023 then into the pros sounds like a good plan for me I’ve been working tirelessly the past 6 months to get to this stage and would not be where I am not if it wasn’t for Tommy at the Pain and Performance Clinic.”
The Elites will play out between January 6 and 14 and could provide Brennan with a chance to prove his fitness and remind pro managers and promoters what he brings to the table by way of talent, personality and support.