4 December 2010 – Jonny Stapleton
Gael Force Oisin Fagan is coming out of retirement and is looking to brew up a storm in Irish boxing.
The former Irish light welterweight champions last loss inflicted by the gloves of Andy Murray and the manner in which it came still rankles with the fighter who shared the ring with Amir Khan, Julio Chavez jnr and Paul Spadafora amongst others.
The Dubliner, who now works with IABA, wants to go out in more satisfactory fashion and has targeted two more fights before he hangs up his gloves permanently.
However, rather than targeting two routine fights or easy wins, Fagan, who is adamant he wont overstay his boxing welcome, wants to go out on top and has targeted a big bout in 2011.
The former Oklahoma champ has an impressive fight wish list and has earmarked an Irish title fight with Kevin O’Hara or Damien Tagaart as well as bouts with former world champ Paul Spadafora, Verquan Kimbrough or Patrick Hyland.
“I’m absolutely dying to get back in that ring. I never wanted to retire when I did, but had other things to focus on for the past year, Fagan explained. Obviously, I am getting on a bit in age now. I wont be one of these fighters that goes back to the well too many times. I want just two more fights, unless someone offers me a major title shot.
I have taken just two days off training in the past 10 months since my last fight against Andy Murray. I had never been stopped – without breaking any bones – at all, in my 33-fight career, so I was disgusted when the ref called it off early.
There are loads of options out there for me. I would hope to have my two fights in the space of a year and then hang them gloves up for good. Obviously, I would love both fights to be big fights, but if my final one was a big one, then it would be a nice send-off and maybe I can retire with a title win of some sort.”