New Year’s Resolutions: Allan is Phelan Good ahead of 2017 return

Allan Phelan [6(4)-2(1)-1] made his return from New York over a year a go, but he has been forced to wait to make his Irish debut.

The Kildare super featherweight had been ticking over in Paschal Collins’s Celtic Warriors Gym in Dublin and finally secured a fight date recently. Phelan will box next month, a full 27 months after his last fight, on the Red Corner Promotions ‘Unfinished Business’ card at the National Stadium.

The Newbridge fighter however never lost hope throughout this long ring absence, and always knew that he would make his return eventually.

Speaking to ahead of his bout next month, Phelan admitted that “2016 was a frustrating year after coming back home from New York and trying to get fights, but I knew hard times wouldn’t last so I just had to stay training and working hard. It was hard, but it paid off in the end.”

Phelan is massively excited to be back fighting in Ireland for the first time as a pro, and wants to make up for lost time. Activity is the number one priority, but the 25 year old does have tentative Irish title ambitions.

The lilywhite outlined how “the plan for 2017 is to get back on track and start showing people what I am all about. I hope to get as many fights as possible this year. An Irish title fight by the end of the year would be great, but I’m just looking to stay busy and start making some noise on the boxing scene.”

“February 25th is going to be a good night of boxing and will let the fans see the skills and ability I have in the ring. It’s been a long time since I fought in Ireland so it will be an exciting night.”

Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey look ahead to 2017 in episode 1 of The Irish Boxing Show

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