There were plenty of comebacks and debuts on the ‘A New Era’ card in Belfast on Saturday night, and Mark Morris [3(1)-1(1)] was the man waiting the longest to step into the ring.
While he got the Irish underway at The Devenish Complex, Morris had been waiting over two years for a fight date.
Out of action since his Celtic Nations title loss to James Fryers, ‘The Reaper’ had seen a lack of opportunity ended by Kieran Farrell who has brought him onboard as part of his Irish revolution.
A long time out of the ring, it certainly didn’t look it, with Morris scoring a surprisingly sharp points win over solid Croatian Antonio Horvatic.
A delighted Morris said afterwards that “it’s good to be back!”
“Two years out so I’m finding my feet now again.”
Going the four rounds, it certainly seemed that Morris had more in the tank, and he admitted that “it was about getting my fitness, getting the ring rust off and that’s what I did tonight.”
“I was comfortable and I didn’t push it, I was just using the jab. I wanted to get the four rounds in, I wanted to see where my fitness is.”
That said, the 28 year old did still cause substantial damage, with blood left streaming from the Balkan’s nose
“It looked like it [that he broke Horvatic’s nose] with them uppercuts,” Morris noted.
“Fair play to the guy, he came to fight and thank God I got the win.”
Now training at Immanuel Boxing Academy under Ray Ginley and Dee Walsh, Morris is looking for a swift return to action this time.
The Belfast man laughed that “hopefully it’ll be another few months not another few years [before his next fight], that’d be great.”
“I’m down with Dee and Ray and they’re looking after me well. They’ve two different styles so I’m learning both ways.”
“Everyone’s plan always is to win titles. I just need to get the fights under my belt,make sure my hands stay okay, and win titles!”
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
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