Whitehouse looking to crank it up after frustrating period of injury and inactivity

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Balbriggan welterweight Gerard Whitehouse [4(1)-0] will look to put a frustrating 12 months behind him on November 5th.

Almost one year to the day since his last contest, ‘Crank’ will trade leather on the Red Corner Promotions ‘Inception’ show at the National Stadium.

Whitehouse explained that hand trouble and the general lull in Dublin boxing have been the reasons behind his prolonged absence.

The European Schoolboys bronze medalist told Irish-Boxing.com that “I was just having problems with my hands, it was a long-lasting injury.”

“So I rested up, got right, but once it got right I couldn’t get a fight date.”

“There were a lack of shows going on in Dublin so we were looking at a fight over in England in the York Hall. But when that was coming up, this show [Red Corner] came about so we said we’d go on this show.”

“I got the injury last year and I just didn’t let it heal, I was always itching to get back in the gym and start hitting the bags and the pass and start sparring again.”

When he does return next month, the Fingal fighter plans to start making up for lost time. While he acknowledges that he is still just 21 year old, he will move into six round contests on his return and Whitehouse is eyeing belts in the near future.

The well-supported Bracken BC graduate described how “in my four-rounders, if you look at them, you’ll see that I was just on the verge of getting them out of there.”

“It was a bit of a rush, now you’ll see with six rounds I’ll have more time to settle down. Four rounds is a bit of a sprint, you have to get off the mark quick.”

“I’m just looking forward to it, getting in the ring, I’ve been out a year.”

“I still have a lot of time to do what I want to do, that’s why the guys are not rushing me into anything.”

“But I want this six rounder, maybe another six rounder, then fight for some sort of title like Luke [Keeler] is boxing for [the BUI Celtic Warrior belt].”

“I’d love to fight for something like that at welterweight or light welterweight.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie