9 January 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Oisin Fagan will officially come out of retirement and start his temporary comeback with a fight on Dolphils Sunday Matinee show on January 30.
Gael Force is promising to emulate a hurricane by causing maximum damage in as little time possible. The former Irish light welterweight champion wants to go out with a bang by claiming an Irish title on the under-card of Willie Big Bang Caseys world title tilt.
Fagan insists his comeback will prove short lived as the Dubliner plans to re hang up his gloves after he achieves domestic glory for a second time.
Irish-boxing.com revealed the former Okalahoma school teachers return ambitions in December and Fagan has since secured a short term deal with Dolphil and will revisit the squared circle at light welterweight at the end of the month.
And whilst the fighter, who has shared the ring with Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior and Paul Spadafora, isnt to sure who his return opponent will be but he has very clear picture of who he would like to face come March.
Fagan, who was very unhappy with how his last Irish title fight against Andy Murray finished, wants to challenge Patrick Hyland or former amateur legend Paul Griffin for a domestic strap on the ESPN broadcasted City West hosted world title card.
Team Hyland have since said the middle of the three Hyland brothers wont be facing the 37 year old but did offer Fagan the chance to fight former European title challenger Paulie Hyland.
Opponent aside however Fagan, who now works for the IABA is just happy to be back.
I am really excited that I am getting back in there. I missed it terribly, however, it will only be short-lived to be honest- 2 or 3 fights max, and I’ll happily retire thereafter, the teak tough Fagan told Irish-boxing.com.
I’m planning to be promoted by DolPhil and trained by Philip Succliffe. I’ll be sparring Willie Casey, Phil Succliffe Jr and Micah Stevens in the run up to this fight, so I should be in good shape. I am making a move up to light-welter for this fight, so I should be good and strong.
“I have no idea who I’m fighting as yet, but it should be a tough opponent. I want a hard fight because I want to fight on the Casey card for a title of some sort. I want to fight Pajo Hyland or Paul Griffin, so the opponent has to be a good one to tune up for either of those two lads.
If Fagans plans do come to fruition and he does buckle an Irish title around waist for a second time in his career he will unbuckle it instantly whilst unlacing and hanging up his gloves.
But the former soccer player of note wont be leaving boxing altogether and will continue his work with the IABA.
After I retire I can be happy that I will be still involved in the great sport of boxing, from grassroots level. I will be helping kids from disadvantaged areas of Dublin take an interest in, and hopefully become good amateur boxers. I really want to stimulate the minds of these kids and help them stay out of trouble, off the drink and particularly out of drugs to achieve their goals as amateur boxers. Our strategy in this partnership between the IABA and the DCC, is to help the youth of this great city to focus on the positives of sport in general- but using boxing as the main tool.