16 April 2009 – By Jonny Stapleton
Prodigal son Colman Barrett will be ready to fight the best boxing has to offer in as little as 18 months and will eventually fulfill his potential after making a return to professional fighting according to manager and trainer Keith Walker.
Barrett returns to the ring in his hometown Galway this Saturday night – April 18 – on a Southpaw-promoted show, and Walker believes its the first step to something big for the undefeated puncher.
There was much hype surrounding Barrett career when he stringed six straight wins together between 2003 and 2005. Now after a three-year sabbatical Walker believes the heavyweight can pick up were he left off.
He’s now ready to be unleashed back into the fight game, Walker explained.
We intend over the next five fights to be back in the real mix. Over the next 18 moths I believe he will be in the mix and could take on anyone.
We plan to make slow but confident progress. We are just focused on Saturday and Saturdays fight but the talent is there. We will keep Colman under wraps but will move forward steadily.
“Colman is in great shape, I have the injuries to prove he is eager to get back in the ring and is stronger than ever.
“He nearly broke my fingers working the pads yesterday and I bruises all over my body from working with him. My neck and shoulders are sore. Again, though, it will be a slow start but everyone is looking forward to it.