Jake Hanney put on one of the performances of the night against the toughest opponent of the night on Saturday at the National Stadium.
The former Australian Prospect of the Year stretched his record to 5(4)-0 with a points win over high-level journeyman Innocent Anyanwu in what was the Dubliner’s first contest in 19 months.
Afterwards the 27 year old spoke to Irish-Boxing.com about the fight and his future plans.
Arguably the jewel in the FS Promotions crown, Hanney expressed his delight to be back in Ireland, explaining that “once I started talking to Frank and this opportunity was put to me it felt right.”
“It didn’t feel right living in Spain [Hanney briefly was a part of the MGM Marbella stable] away from home when I had a young fella.”
“It’s good to be back home and back fighting.”
“I haven’t fought in the Stadium in 10 years the last time I fought here I won the Juniors and I am delighted to be fighting there again.”
Describing his performance in the tough 39-37 win, Hanney revealed that “I crammed a full camp into about three and a half weeks, but I was the best I’ve ever been going into a fight.”
“I was in Manchester [at the Hatton Gym] sparring, which was great and I think it all showed in the ring tonight after a year and a half out.”
“He had three fights this year already. I hit him the second and my hand is still numb from it, that’s no excuse, he still had a good third round.”
“My legs were probably going a bit and the adrenaline got to me on occasion.”
In Anyanwu, Hanney faced a former Dutch and BeNeLux champ and someone who certainly came to fight. A dangerous choice of opponent for a comeback bout, but Hanney was “glad I fought him. We had a couple of opponents before hand, but I am glad we went for him and took the good opponent. Those four rounds will do me the World of good.”
“I knew he was going to be tough and good, but I didn’t think he was going to be that good. He has had a good career and has knocked thirteen lads out so he was a good opponent.”
The confident Dub has big plans going forward and teased that “this show was called ‘The Future’ and this is the future for me now. I have some big news that will come out in a few days. Hopefully I will be kept busy and happy!”
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