Formerly seen as one of the hottest prospects in Irish boxing, Jake Hanney has promised to get people talking about him again when he makes his ring return at the end of this month.
The Dublin light welterweight has not fought in two years but has been handed the chance to fight for a title live on TG4 in his comeback bout.
Hanney will feature in the chief support bout on the Assassin Promotions and Boxing Ireland Promotions ‘Clash of the Titans’ card at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, March 30 where he will box Victor Rabei in front of a watching audience of hundreds of thousands.
The East Wall boxer was an outstanding amateur boxer and built up some real excitement when he turned pro in Australia way back in 2013.
However, upon returning, things would not go to plan, with commitment said to be an issue and Hanney was stopped in the sixth round of a BUI Celtic title fight by Tyrone McKenna in March 2017 – and hasn’t been seen in a ring since.
The 29-year-old has made moves to turn his career around and has linked up with Boxing Ireland Promotions and Irish Trainer of the Year Eddie Hyland at the SBG Tallaght and Hanney now has the opportunity to jump-start his career versus current hot prospect Rabei.
“The Wizard” explains how “I have been out for a while; I was a bit upset over the last fight, I was so disappointed after it just turned me off it.
“I have been quietly ticking over a for a good while now. I have been in the gym. This year I knew I was going to come back and I was planning on a big year.
“I was the master of my own downfall. I didn’t do the right things in my last camp. I didn’t commit, I didn’t dedicate. That is no one’s fault but my own.
“A title was one of my main goals this year and I am delighted I get to take it in my first fight. It’s pressure for some people, but the way I look at it is, if I get the right sparring and I am in the right condition there is going to be no problem, no problem at all – and I know I’ll get that sparring.
“I need something like this in front of me to push me on. If I have a journeyman or someone that isn’t great I might go laxidazy. It’s not like that with Victor.
“I am delighted he has taken the fight and I know it’s going to be a good fight.”
Hanney admits that he is somewhat unfamiliar with his Moldova-born, Dublin-raised opponent but, from their very first staredown, he believes that he has an edge over his Rathmichael opponent.
“ I saw bits of him in his fight with Karl Kelly, just highlights, but I think this is a big, big step up for him. I think stature will be an issue. I think he could make lightweight.
“I think I am going to be a bit more experienced than him and I mean no disrespect I know I have to be on my game, but I think he has every disadvantage in this fight. I am bigger, stronger and I am the better boxer.”
Tickets for the night cost €40 (general), €60 (ringside), and (€100 VIP) and are available from Ticketmaster.ie or Universe.com or direct at 085 743 8353.