EAST Wall’s Jake Hanney lost a controversial decision last month on his long-awaited return to the ring – and he wants a rematch and revenge.
Two years after his last fight, the Dublin light welter jumped straight back into a massive fight, challenging BUI Celtic champion Victor Rabei at the National Stadium, live on TG4 in the chief support bout of the big ‘Clash of the Titans’ card.
Hanney put in a monumental performance in a tense and close fight but was edged on a points decision after eight enthralling rounds.
The verdict caused plenty of debate with former world middleweight champion Andy Lee, working as a pundit on the night, stating his belief that Hanney won, echoing similar sentiments expressed by light middleweight contender Spike O’Sullivan who was in the commentary box.
The East Wall talent and his team all also felt that he should have got the nod and want a chance to set the record straight.
A rematch over ten rounds for the prestigious Irish title has been suggested and it is something which Hanney intends to chase.
But first he will waste no time and return to the ring next month. It has recently been confirmed that the 29-year-old will feature on the Boxing Ireland Promotions ‘Celtic Clash 8’ card at the Devenish Venue in West Belfast on Saturday, May 25.
“Thanks to my team getting me out so soon,” Hanney said of the date. “I am buzzing and can’t wait to put things right and make a statement. I should have gotten the result last month but we’re not waiting around! I believe this is only the start of some big nights.”
Looking back at his clash with Rabei – a fight in which he started brilliantly, boxed smartly, but tired in the closing rounds – Hanney is able to use perspective.
The Inner-City Dub notes how “ring rust played a big part on my performance but its eight rounds banked at top level and there’ll be none for my next one.
“I felt great, unbelievable, heading into the ring. I felt sharp as anything warming up but I wasn’t too happy with my performance.
“I had some ring-rust; my timing was a bit out and maybe I wasted a bit of energy beforehand.
“I think you can put that down to not being in there for so long. It’s frustrating, but the positives from that are that it was the first one. That first one is out the way now and those problems won’t happen again.”
Celtic Clash 8’ will be headlined by a West Belfast lightweight derby between Commonwealth Games silver medallist Joe Fitzpatrick and Stephen Webb.
Tickets for the night are priced at €40 (unreserved) and €50 (ringside) and include a bus which runs from Dublin to Belfast and back or online at universe.com.