Such is his intense training regime in Manchester, Chris Blaney [1(1)-0] may not appreciate a late night or early morning phone call, but if it is about a fight you can call him as late or as early as you like.
The Ricky Hatton-trained super middleweight found out about his second pro fight last Friday morning and jumped at the chance to double his win tally despite the short lead-in time.
Some fighters elect against short notice bouts but ‘The Ginja Ninja’ – who now fights at the Banks’s Stadium in Wallsall on Friday in addition to an October 1st bout in Stoke – is keen to grab every chance that comes his way and is keeping a ‘stay ready mantra’.
“Ricky came into me Friday morning and said there’s a slot next week if I want it, I didn’t even have to think about it, I said yes straight away, I’d fight on two days notice!” Blaney said when speaking to Irish-boxing.com.
“I just keep busy in the gym, then I can take any fights that come up, I’ll be ready and I’ll stay ready.”
Blaney made his pro debut under a bit of fanfare. The Navan puncher came to the ring on June 25th with none other than Hatton in his corner, and topped FS Promotions’s first ever Dublin show.
The Manchester-based puncher got the job done early, much to the delight of his sizeable fan base, but he is quite content to fight out of the spotlight this time around.
Blaney feels he didn’t get the chance to practice what Hatton preaches in his last outing, and hopes a pressure-free zone this weekend will ensure he can take time to work on the things he has been learning in the gym.
“I can’t really take much from the first fight if I am honest. I was only warming into and it was stopped. I am hoping I get to try everything I learned so far from Ricky into action in this fight.
“It is great not topping the bill. There is no real pressure on me now to perform, I’ll just get in and do what I do best and that’s winning.”
“I just want to get out as much as possible now, after this week it’s October 1st, and hopefully then again in November and December.”
“I would like to thank everyone for their support since I turned over. It wouldn’t be possible to do this but for people who believe in me and my sponsors.”
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