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Mark Morris – “I just need the break – and I think I’ve got it with Kieran Farrell”

All Mark Morris [2(1)-1(1)] needs is a chance, and the Belfast boxer feels he has been given that opportunity by Kieran Farrell.

The Gleann super feather returns to the ring on Saturday night after over two years out, boxing at The Devenish Complex on the ‘A New Era’ card.

A replacement for Joe Hillerby, it’s a relatively short notice date for Morris, less than a month, but he is ready to take the opportunity and get going once again.

Morris told Irish-Boxing.com that “I think any boxer would love a longer build up, but I’ve been ticking over, so I jumped straight at it.”

It’s been a long time since that Celtic Nations title fight with James Fryers, but for Morris it has flown by. Despite the long gap, it feels like more of a continuation than a fresh start.

“Two years out,” he laughed, “it feels like yesterday.”

“The fight is definitely not like a debut, nor do I think I have to prove anything – people know I can box.”

“I just need the break, it just hasn’t went my way the last few years and I think I’ve got it with Kieran Farrell.”

It’s a fresh management arrangement for Morris, who faces Antonio Horvatic [10(5)-35(8)] on Saturday, but it’s also a new training situation for the 29 year old.

Morris has linked up with former pros Dee Walsh and Ray Ginley at Immanuel Boxing Academy, and he is loving being part of the young stable.

He noted “Ray and Dee, what can I say? Two gentlemen who know a lot to do with boxing for being so young.”

“I love training with them, always a good vibe and that makes you want to be there every day – even when you’re sore!”

Ready to show off the new skills he has learnt, Morris stated how “Saturday will be a great night of boxing, all the boxers are buzzing to show their skills.”

“For me, you should get an intense fight with me showing the new things that I have learnt.”

The West Belfast bill is topped by an eight-round clash between Feargal McCrory and Jay Carney, with undercard support from Mike Perez, Sean McGlinchey, Mathew Fitzsimons, Sean Magee, Sean Higginson, Gerard Healy, and Ronnie Clark.

Tickets are available from the boxers involved at the following prices:
£20 (standing)
£35 (unreserved seating)
£50 (ringside)

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Joe O'Neill

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