However, it may be a little while before we see the Ginja Ninja in big domestic fights.
The Navan man had to get a operation after suffering an eye related injury during the Ireland’s Last Man Standing tournament in March of last year where he was eliminated by upcoming English title challenger Jack Cullen.
So, when he exited the ring with a big gash opened up by a clash of heads during his return, those less educated to the previous injury feared the worst.
Thankfully, the Ricky Hatton-trained fighter revealed the cut has no bearing and is not related to the cured injury.
“No, it’s not related to the injury at all, thank God but it’s the same eye. I tested the eye and it was all fine,” he told Irish-boxing.com before stressing the cut won’t slow down his 2019 plans.
“I’ll only take a week off then straight back training hard but obviously no sparring for a few weeks.”
Blaney returned to action with a 40-38 points win over Raimonds Sniedze of Latvia and felt a genuine excitement around the fight considering his lay-off.
However, he admits he did have the kind of ring rust he wasn’t expecting and, in that regard, he suggests some more rounds may be needed before he challenges for the Irish middleweight title.
Blaney detailed how “it felt great. It was like having my first fight again.”
“The performance wasn’t great but I got the win which is the main part. I would have liked to box better but he was messy fighter
“I didn’t think there would be much rust to get off because I was sparring well before the fight but that’s totally different than fighting and in front of a crowd.”
“In saying that, I feel like it was a good fight to get the rust off,” he adds before talking about what may be next.
“I am not sure what’s next, maybe two or three more fights at six and rounds then an Irish title fight hopefully.”