Liam’s leave of ab­sence

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - BOXING SHEL­DAN KEAY

RIS­ING boxer Liam Han­ra­han has re­vealed that he will be tak­ing a break from the sport.

The su­per­ban­tamweight was set to fight in Sh­effield this month, but has now de­cided to take time away.

Han­ra­han (right) has tasted suc­cess so far, win­ning eight of his nine pro bouts.

He suf­fered de­feat in his last out­ing though, los­ing to Krzysztof Ro­gowski at the Manch­ester Arena in Septem­ber.

Han­ra­han has reg­u­larly im­pressed crowds in Manch­ester dur­ing his matches, and he ad­mits it’s been a dif­fi­cult few months’ con­tem­pla­tion over the de­ci­sion.

“I’ve been go­ing over it since Christ­mas and af­ter a good think I made my mind up this week,” he said. “Per­son­ally I al­ways thought it was an ex­cuse when peo­ple say they fell out of love with boxing, but it’s true for me.

“I thought it was time to step back and find that hunger again as I’m not go­ing to do some­thing half-heart­edly and dis­ap­point the fans.

“It’s been get­ting me down a bit and I’ve been putting a brave face on to make peo­ple happy.

“I’m not go­ing to rush back un­til I feel it’s the right time.

“It might take three months or it might take 18 months, but I’m still young and I’m con­fi­dent that I will be back at some point.

“Peo­ple will think I’m mak­ing this de­ci­sion be­cause I lost my last fight, but I’ve al­ready got over that.

“It’s some­thing I’ve been think­ing about for my last few fights, I’ve been strug­gling to get mo­ti­vated

“I’m still keep­ing my hand in as I’ll be go­ing down to the gym in Macclesfield and train­ing the kids.

“I’ve seen a bit of the feed­back that I’ve been get­ting from peo­ple since mak­ing the de­ci­sion and I have filled up a few times.

“This isn’t the end for me though and like I said, I do plan on com­ing back at some point in the fu­ture.

“I’ve en­joyed ev­ery sec­ond of my ca­reer so far and I can’t thank the fans enough for their sup­port.”

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