Maguire fac­ing a tough come­back

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

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.

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