Chris Male in action on May 3rd
The Cradley featherweight decided to hang up his gloves following a points loss to Leeds’ Josh Warrington for the vacant English title back in November. It was the 30 year-old’s first defeat as a professional boxer and, soon after, announced he was hanging up his gloves.
However, within weeks of announcing his retirement, Male had realised that he wasn’t ready to give up on the sport that means so much to him. Now, after a five month absence, the Punching Postman is ready to deliver.
“I’m feeling refreshed and ready to go again,” he told www.uko-boxing.com.
“I put so much in to that (Warrington) fight. I was mentally and physically drained afterwards. I jumped the gun by announcing my retirement. It was a snap decision after the defeat and, within a few weeks, I knew that I wasn’t ready to give up boxing. It’s in my blood and I’m not ready to walk away from it.
“I’d had an injury that kept me out of the ring for a long time before the Warrington fight, and then I got myself in decent shape but lost the fight. It was tough to take to be honest.
“I felt like my chance to achieve something in the game had slipped me by and I didn’t want to become one of those fighters who just does the rounds. I’ve taken stock though and now realise that an undefeated record isn’t the be all and end all. If you lose you have to learn from it and I’ve done that.”
Male (11-1) is back in action a week today – Friday, 3rd May – when he takes on tough Slovakian Elemir Rafael (24-66-1) on the undercard of Steven Pearce’s Midlands Area Welterweight Title defence against Sam Eggington. The fights are taking place at The Venue in Dudley; the scene of Male’s defeat against Warrington.
The Male Man is ready to exorcise a few ghosts and put that defeat well and truly behind him.
“It’s only right that my comeback fight is at The Venue,” he added. “There was so much support for me there against Warrington and to lose was such a bitter pill to swallow. I want to go back there and put on a show for my fans. It’s the perfect place to kick start my career and show off the new me.
“I’ve gone back to the drawing board. I’ve sat down with my trainers and we’re working on things and I’m feeling good.
“Elemir is a tough guy but this fight is more about me getting back out there. I want to get some rounds under my belt and I want to blow a few away the cobwebs.
“I’ve still got a lot to offer.”
As well as Male versus Rafael and Pearce versus Eggington, there are three other intriguing contests on the five-fight bill.
Dudley’s undefeated light-middleweight, Kyle Spencer (5-0) takes on durable Brummie scrapper Andrew Patterson whilst Dudley featherweight Dean Anderson (5-2-1) takes on Scottish scrapper, James Ancliff.
Finally, Birmingham’s undefeated super-middleweight, Andrew Robinson (5-0) is also in action.
Tickets are priced at £30 unreserved seating. There are still a handful of VIP tables, priced at £60 (Ringside) to include a three-course meal (tables of ten). They are available from The Venue Box Office on 01384 453 101.