Maguire facing a tough comeback
MICHAEL Maguire will spend Christmas in the gym after being handed a date for his comeback fight.
As an amateur, Maguire, from Eye, was ranked number two in the world, won eight national titles and boxed regularly for England, and after turning professional, put together a punch-perfect six-fight unbeaten record before deciding to take a break from boxing.
Maguire, out of action since a six-round points win over Pavels Senkovs in Brentwood in January, 2010, is back in the ring on Friday, January 13 for what promises to be the toughest fight yet of his exciting professional career.
The 22 year-old has been matched with Welsh-based dangerman Najah Ali in a ban- tamweight fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.
Ali has previously snapped the unbeaten record of Don Broadhurst, gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, given former British flyweight champion Shinny Bayaar a tough night’s work and decked knockout king Michael Walsh before being overwhelmed.
He is ranked number 13 by trade paper ‘Boxing News’ and Maguire, a smart, skilled punch picker who hits hard to the body, plans a career-best performance to beat him in a fight set to be screened on top promoter Frank Warren’s boxing channel, Boxnation.
He said: “I’m taking this return serious, no nonsense.
“I’ve cheated before and not done things right, but I’m doing everything right now and will come back better. I just have to knuckle down and do all the stuff I hadn’t done before and it will pay off.”
Maguire was set to box Ali earlier this month, but the Welshman pulled out with the ‘flu.
Maguire said: “He’ll be fitter, he’ll be training hard to try and beat me. But he won’t because I’m going all the way to the top. I’ve started training hard so I will be ready.”
RARING TO GO: Michael Maguire makes his comeback in January.