After injury had cast doubt on Luke Blackledge’s future in boxing, the former Commonwealth king is now out to prove to the doubters that he’s still cut out to be a champion.
Swelling on his elbow has so far sidelined the 27-year-old for 10 months but, following a spell of rest, treatment and recuperation, the super-middleweight fighter has been given the all clear to go again.
The one-time British title challenger has won just once in his last four outings but he’s freshened things up, re-locating to FIT2XL ABC in Lower Darwen where he’s coached by Matt Bolton and Barry Higginson.
Ahead of his ring return on August 17th, with the bout taking place at Colne Municipal Hall, Blackledge said: “I’m feeling better now and I’m ready to go. I’ve been suffering with a few injuries but I’ve been given a clean bill of health.
“I’m just working towards getting everything back to how it was. I’ve been drilling my defence and footwork.
“I’ve had a good break but I’m glad to be back. I’ve had really bad tennis elbow and had a lot of cortisone injections to treat it. I’ve just had to rest to allow it to recover.
“I’m buzzing to be back and fighting in August. I just need some good run outs and then I’ll be ready to step it up for title shots again next year.”
He added: “I’ve really missed it. It just makes me appreciate the sport even more. I’ve been really low at points and it’s been difficult. I’ve been involved in boxing for 10 years and I couldn’t even hit a punchbag.
“At one point I wasn’t even sure if I’d ever fight again. My elbow had been swelling up really badly and it just kept getting worse.
“I’m back to working hard in the gym. I love competing and I’ve still got a lot more in me. I can’t wait to fight and prove to people that I’ve still got it in me to become a champion.”