He will debut at super middleweight but Chris Blaney isn’t adverse to working his way down to 160 lbs in a bid to join the exciting prospects at the glamour weight.
The Navan man makes his debut on top of the June 25 FS Promotions, Ricky Hatton National Stadium bill and claims seeing the likes of former amateur foes Conrad Cummings, Jason Quigley and Luke Keeler progress in the pro ranks inspired him to turn over.
Indeed, Blaney, who is trained by the legendary ‘Hit Man’ claims his favourite fight memory was defeating Cyclone’s Conrad Cummings once out of three fights and he is open to trying to level things up.
“I will start off at super middle, but I would piss 12 stone. It’s up to Ricky for now it’s super middle he doesn’t want me to lose my size or that. He is the boss what he says goes, but the middleweight division looks good and seeing the likes of Quigley, Keeler and Cummings do well made me think ‘I want a piece of that’,” he told Irish-boxing.com
“My favourite fight would have to be beating Conrad Cummings. He beat me twice and I beat him once, but when I beat him of course he was robbed. I have respect for him, we did have our ups and downs. It would be a good fight and himself, Luke Keeler even Quigley. I shared the ring with all them as an amateur why not as a pro if it can happen. They are all doing well and I am jumping on the band wagon now.”
Blaney has to first get over his debut and an Irish middleweight title fight with Darren Cruise might be more likely than clashes with the aforementioned in the near future.
For now the fighter who won 10 Irish titles at various age groups and levels is just keen to punch for pay for the first time.
“I am raring to go now, I just can’t wait to get in and fight,” he added before discussing what life in Manchester with Ricky Hatton is like.
“It’s unbelievable. Really it is. When I first went over I was standing in the ring thinking to myself ‘this is Ricky Hatton’. Now it’s just down to buisness and it’s like working with a friend. He is just a normal person. If you told me I would be working with Ricky two years ago I wouldn’t have believed you.
“I have been working on sitting into my shots more, obviously that is something most fighters have to do when turning pro to amateur. I am working on strength and conditioning too and I have noticed the difference in power big time.”