London 2012 was great for boxing. Team GB picked up a plethora of medals and helped propel the likes of Anthony Ogogo and Anthony Joshua into the hearts and minds of the nation. Luke Campbell even danced his way into the limelight.
However, for one Coventry boxer the Olympics had the exact opposite effect. Heavyweight, Mike O’Hagan (3-0), had to halt a promising start to his professional career as a result of 2012.
Earning a living in the events industry, the 29 year-old had no choice but to put his boxing dreams on hold in order to concentrate on his day job. Now though, with 2012 behind him, O’Hagan’s focus can once again turn to boxing.
“I had to take a year out through work,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “Working in the events industry, the Olympics was a really busy year for me, so I had to sacrifice the boxing.
“It’s a shame because having that amount of time out has set me back a little but work’s work unfortunately.
“I’ve been ticking over all the time so I stayed in good shape any way and I’ve never lost my appetite for boxing. I don’t think I ever will to be honest.”
Turning professional in 2011, the southpaw fought three times in that year, knocking out Nick Gigg on his debut before recording back-to-back points wins over Michal Skierniewski.
After a year out of the game, he returns to ring action on Friday when he takes on Trowbridge’s Luke Martin (0-0-1) at the Institute,Digbeth, Birmingham on Friday, 26th April . He can’t wait.
“I’ve been able to train properly since January and I’m more than ready to get back in.
“I’ve stepped up to heavyweight as I felt a little weight-drained at cruiser but now, stepping up, I’m feeling better than I ever have.
“It will be nice to get back in there and prove a point.”
Midlands Area Cruiserweight Champion, Chris Keane (9-0) tops the It’s-A-Bout-Boxing Promotions ‘New Blood’ show. The Walsall fighter takes on unbeaten Hungarian, Tamas Toth (4-0-1) as he warms up for his English title shot in July.
Erdington Light-Welterweight, Chris Truman (8-4-1), takes on South African, Bheki Moyo (0-51-2) and Tamworth’s Matt Seawright (3-73-5) is back in action against Czech scrapper, Vaclav Skromach (1-9-0).
Smethwick-based Disney Huni will make his professional debut when he steps in with experienced Bulgarian Danny Dontchev (4-53-0).
Tickets are priced at £30 General, £40 Ringside Balcony, £50 Ringside Floor and £65 Inner Ringside. ABA Members can ‘Buy One Get One Free’ on production of their Membership Card and Under-16’s go free with a full-paying adult. They are available from Ticket Master (http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/New-Blood-tickets/artist/1850584) or by calling 0845 467 3930 or 07888 870 650.