FEMI FEHINTOLA has promised “explosions” ahead of a long-awaited return to the ring.
The Bradford-born 30-year-old, who fights out of Batley’s Central Boxing Club, has not boxed in over 15 months.
But the man they call ‘Fire’, pictured, is adamant he will be back in British title contention from 2014, insisting he feels fitter than ever before.
Tomorrow night (Saturday), Fehintola will do battle with one-time sparring partner Qasim Hussain across six rounds at Sheffield’s Octagon centre.
And it is safe to say the super-featherweight is counting down the hours.
Fehintola told The Press: “I cannot wait. I have had 25 professional fights, I have won 23 of them, and yet I can have never marked myself higher than a six out of 10.
“But this time around, both mentally and physically, I am totally tuned in and ready. There will be explosions.
“The people saying there is no way back for Femi Fehintola only inspire me, it gets me out of bed in a morning.
“No-one knows what I have been through away from the ring. I have had a terrible three years, but I believe this my time to shine.
“I used to train with Qasim (Hussain) and he has been trash talking about me.
“But it is the best thing he could have done and I just cannot wait to get in there and get hold of him.”
Saturday marks the start of a third professional comeback for Fehintola, who is undefeated in four.
The 5ft 7ins talent fought for a British title in 2008, but his dreams were shattered after being knocked out during the third round by then champion Ryan Barrett.
However, the former English super-featherweight champion is now fully focused, claiming he has “at least four to five” years left in the tank.
He added: “It is time to give the people who have helped me something back. My manager, Dennis Hobson, has been there for me every step of the way, in terms of investment and time. And the team at Central have been great over the past 10 weeks.
“I have a solid team behind me. Everything is so professional at Central and I am ready to shine.
“I will do big things in 2014 and I will be back in contention for the British title. This time next year I need to be close to a title shot at the least.”
By Ryan Sparks