JAKE Hanney wants to get boxing fans talking about him again by returning from a nightmare few months with a victory of the ‘statement’ kind this Friday night.
The Oz based Dubliner registered two straight knock out wins last year and was eager to push into State title contention in Australia after the turn of the year.
The light welterweight”s has found a number of blocks on the road to the top and his progress has been delayed as a result.
Now after seeing four fights fall through, Hanney is back in action at the aptly named Club Punchbowl in New South Wales this weekend and is determined to put in an eye catching display.
“Waiting around to fight has been a nightmare,” Hanney told Irish-boxing.com, “As you know we had four fights fall through for one reason or another. I really should be 6-0 heading into this fight, it was frustrating, but it’s done now and were moved on”
However while Hanney doesn’t want to dwell on the bad times and put has put the ring sabbatical behind him he will use it as motivation going forward. It is a case of gone but not forgotten.
“I have to admit seeing everyone at home and away fighting and moving on was a little frustration and I feel like I need to make a statement again. I am going out there Friday night to let people know, not only that I am still here but we are planning big things.”
Maybe not big things but bigger things are certainly on the horizon for one of a number of Irish fighters Down Under.
The 2-0 puncher was offered the chance to challenge for the New South Wales welterweight title on this coming Friday’s card, but had to turn it down because he had yet to fight six rounds.
So this fight against Jye Solomon, a fighter whom Hanney would be expected to beat, is over six rounds, thus making the Irish welterweight eligible to challenge for the title in his next fight.
“We actually got offered the NSW Tittle shot on this show at weltherweight but couldn’t take the offer because we haven’t complete a 6 round fight yet.
“So this fight gets the 6 rounds done and fingers crossed I get the same shot for November, which is when I’m out next, unless something pops up before,” he added before discussing the challenge that faces him Friday.
“This guy I’m fighting is a weltherweight so were moving up for this. .All I really know is that he’s no push over and will come to fight. He has been busy so it should be good fight . I’ll be looking to get a few rounds out and try finish him in the later rounds, but again most important I’ll be looking to put on a show and so fans my boxing ability I predict a KO.”