Irish title-chasing Jake Hanney excited to show home fans what they’ve been missing

After a frustrating period of inactivity, former Australian Prospect of the Year Jake Hanney [4(4)-0] has no intentions of hanging around.

A year and a half without a fight, the welterweight banger looks set to become one of the star names of Ricky Hatton and FS Promotions exciting new venture in Ireland.

The Dubliner spoke to today at the press conference to officially announce the June 25th show titled ‘The Future’ – and Hanney has big plans.

The exuberant knockout puncher spoke of his delight in returning to these shores, explaining how “It’s great to be back. It’s been a long time since I boxed in the Stadium and I can’t wait to go back and fight there again.”

“My last fight there was an All-Ireland final against Paddy Gallagher, Paddy beat me that day unfortunately, but I am buzzing to go back.”

“There was excitement about me in Australia, but this is a great chance for the home fans to see what I am all about and what I can do.”

“They should be excited too. I am going to bring fast explosive boxing to the ring and belts to the table soon, hopefully.”

A much-vaunted prospect Down Under, Hanney – who turns 27 on Wednesday – revealed his ambitious plans for 2016, stating that “I want to fight for an Irish title by Christmas.”

“I have been scheduled for 10 rounds before so I am already eligible so hopefully that can be sorted. Peter McDonagh has the title but I am not sure if he would defend it.”

“I’d fight whoever for it. Dean Byrne? Whoever.”

Regarding his prolonged absence from the ring, Hanney detailed how “I have been out for a while.”

“I went to Spain and I was going to sign with MGM, I had a great time out there and trained well.”

“A few injuries hampered me then I came home and I have a little boy at home and I wanted to stay with him, so it kind of fizzled out for me.”

“The chance to fight on this show came up then and I grabbed it. I am dying to get back in.”

“I might have to get rid of ring rust in this fight but I have some good sparring.”

“I am sparring Pajo Hyland this week and possibly Eric Donovan and then it’s off to Manchester to spar some of Ricky’s lads.”

“With that sparring I don’t expect to be rusty, but this fight will help get rid of the nerves and get me used to fighting in front of the crowd and that again.”


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