The Tank: “Frustrating injury is nothing more than another set- back”

By Dean Byrne

Unfortunately Ian Tims fans won’t get to see the Mc Philpin fight, at least not in Liverpool on the 16th of this month, due to a recurrence of the same dreaded hand injury that has plagued the Clondalkin man’s career as of late.

This marks the third bout that the Irish Cruiserweight champion has had to pull out of due to the same problem. The injury originally occurred in 2010 when ‘The Tank’ was first scheduled to lock horns withMichael “the Storm” Sweeny.

When the Sweeny fight took place a year later and Tims clinched the Irish Cruiserweight belt in City West last March, but did so after re-injuring his hand in the second round of the bout.

“This time I noticed it while I was training and the hand was getting worse, I found out that I need re-corrective surgery.” He tells

Before promptly adding: “It’s a frustrating injury but it is nothing more than another set- back. I’m hoping to get the surgery done this side of Christmas then get the Mc Philpin fight going in March. I want to win it just to show how easy it is for me to beat people.”

There have been no confirmations of the fight going ahead in March but negotiations between the two fighters camps are likely to take place sooner rather than later.

The Tank is hoping that the surgery will put the injury nightmares to bed once and for all, as he deepens his focus on Mc Philpin and the doors that could open after that fight.

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