The Derry middleweight has not fought since last July with illness and licencing issues forcing him to sit frustrated on the sidelines.
McGlinchey finally makes his return on Friday night at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast on a BoxNation show and is keen to make an impression.
Well-supported and possessing a hugely entertaining style, the Creggan puncher is sure to be in wars should he be given the opportunity.
Ahead of his comeback bout, McGlinchey declared that “I hope to catch the eye of some promoters – and we get on all these big shows coming up.”
“It’s a four-round fight, just to get me back in the ring, then I’ll have two more fights.”
“The last year I’ve been watching people go on with the careers and that’s where I wanted to be.”
“I didn’t want to be this far into my career with only two fights. I wanted a lot more. It didn’t happen, for reasons out of my control.”
“I’m hoping now, in the new year, after I get two fights this year, to push on and start pushing for titles.”
The time out has been tough for ‘Mummy’s Bhoy’ who has again noted that he almost walked away from the sport.
McGlinchey described how “it’s been a year and a half. I’m buzzing to get back in the ring after all them months.”
“To actually have a fight and know that everything’s 100 per cent for me walking into the ring on Friday night is amazing.”
“It’s been a hard year and a half. There’s been a few times I lost confidence and thought about just packing it in. I didn’t see why I would stay but Seamus [Cunning, manager] and my family kept me going.”
His fight on Friday is one which came at short notice but it is one which McGlinchey is more than ready for.
The Commonwealth bronze medallist revealed that the past few months have seen him training like a demon, primed to take any opportunity which came his way.
McGlinchey noted that “I’ve been feeling good.”
“I only got three weeks notice for this fight but my mindset, I’ve been working with a lot of different people on mindsets and goals, ever since I got my liecence from the Irish board is that I’ve been working hard, head down, getting the weight off.”
“I’ve been in the gym, working hard.”
“When they asked me three weeks ago would I be ready, because I’ve been training, I took it.”
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