Prospect O'Hagan returns at heavyweight

2012 was great for boxing. Team GB picked up plenty 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 in 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 said. “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.”


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Fight Reports

Brentwood’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender (6-1) got back on track with a close points win over Peckham’s Diego Burton (4-4-1) over ten rounds at the York Hall on Saturday. It was a belter of a fight on a slightly smaller than usual Goodwin bill, partly due to 'Flash' Ashley Sexton not making weight again (more on this later) and 'Big Dog' AJ Carter’s opponent, who reportedly turned up with Evo-Stick holding his mooey in place.