On Saturday February 25th, Dublin light welterweight Jake Hanney [5(4)-0] will return to the ring after seven months out.
The East Wall talent last fought in June, scoring a career-best win over Innocent Anyanwu, and finally returns on the Red Corner Promotions ‘Unfinished Business’ card at the National Stadium in Dublin.
His win over Anyanwu came after a 19 month hiatus, and Hanney won much praise for taking the fight with the high-level journeyman rather than easing his way back in. The 27 year has now done something similar this time round, and will face an undefeated prospect next month.
Hanney will box against Spanish-based Moroccan Abdessamad Nechchad [2(0)-0-1] on the big Dublin card.
The rangy 22 year old is a former top amateur but, as he was unable to enter the Spanish Senior Elite Championships due to his lack of citizenship, ‘The Refugee’ would turn professional in 2015.
Boxing out of Granada in the South of Spain, Nechchad was held to a draw in his opening bout by strong journeyman Koba Karkashadze, before racking up two wins against former Jono Carroll opponents Carlos Perez and Miguel Gonzalez.
Following this, the North African was signed up by major Spanish promoter MGZ and the Hanney clash will be his first under this banner.
At this moment the bout is scheduled for four ronuds, however this may rise.
Jake Hanney v Abdessamad Nechchad is one of eleven fights on the Red Corner card next month. Luke Keeler tops the bill and further support comes from Jay Byrne, Lynn Harvey, Connor Coyle, Stevie Collins, Eric Donovan, Craig O’Brien, Noely Murphy, Chris Blaney, and Allan Phelan.
The only other confirmed opponent at this time is Sergio Abad, who will face Byrne.
Coincidentally, it is a second successive testing European-based African opponent for Hanney at the Stadium following his win over Dutch-based Nigerian Anyanwu last Summer.
Watch Abdessamad Nechchad v Johan Orozco (#1 Spanish amateur light welterweight)
Watch Abdessamad Nechchad v Carlos Perez
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
Tickets for ‘Unfinished Business’ are priced at €40 and €60 and are available from the boxers involved on the bill.
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