By David Boyle: Ireland’s Oisin Fagan returns to the ring once again after a log lay off to try and end his career with some notable bouts, on 12h April against Chris Goodwin at the Northgate arena, Chester, England.
Having had an up and down career, from fighting Amir Khan to unbelievable domestic battles, including the epic battle in Tallaght against Patrick Hyland, “Gael Force”, was not content with his career achievements so far and wants to finish on a high.
Below is what Oisin’s thoughts are regarding his upcoming fight,
“This fight, since it’s one of my last, is extremely important to me. I’ve left no-stone unturned in preparation, and since I’m not officially promoted, it’s been tough getting the word out. That’s why Facebook comes in handy. My Facebook account, "Oisin Fagan" is full-up, but I’ve still space on "Oisin Fagan II", if anyone wants to keep up to date with my progress”.
“I’ve had a good career up to now and would love to win another belt to finish my career on a high. I’ve decided that I will retire, officially, a year from now- April, 2015. Since the start of my career, I’ve won belts on 2-continents and it would be a lovely finish, to win this WBF title and defend it a couple of times, before retiring”.
Oisin also spoke about training for this fight and how he has trained throughout his career,
“Most people who know me well enough, know that I am never truly "inactive," as I’ve trained everyday for close-to, 2/3’s of my life- including Sundays. Also, including days when I’ve been sick.
“Many people think this is pretty extreme, but I don’t know any other way to keep on top of my game, to be honest. For those who find it hard to believe these extremities, I usually convince them by telling them the story that- when I broke my leg against Amir Khan in our fight years ago, I was operated on the next day, but still went out for a 5-mile run, hopping along, at speed, on crutches, and did-so everyday, trying to beat my previous times, until the cast came off months later, so to be honest, I don’t really know what it’s like to be "inactive," thanks-be-to-God.
“I also verse the same story to people, when some ask me, "Do you not think you’re getting too old for this?" However, I feel like I’m fitter and tougher than anyone else out there, no matter what their age. I’ve been sparring with the likes of Stephen Ormand and Pajo Hyland and they’re two of our best pros out there. To be honest, I know that I’m not the greatest "boxer" in the world, as I only had 3-amateur fights and a very late start, when some fighters are thinking of retiring, at the age of 30.
“Therefore, it’s a bit mad to think that I have taken some world champions to ’split-decisions’ in their hometowns; however, I just put that down to an unwavering, Irish heart. I’ve always said that I’m a very limited "boxer" but there are very few, as tough, or as determined as I am. Thus, I’ve had a very successful career, considering I took up the sport very late in life, through a necessity, while I was going through a rather hard-time in my life, even living in the back of my car for a while, in the USA after I had just graduated from college after a soccer-scholarship.
“So, very surprising to many- especially myself, I went pro in the fight-game and climbed the ranks, so that I’d be considered a tough enough opponent for some of the biggest names in the sport”.
And Oisin also hinted at what his future might hold after boxing,
“My story is a very unique one. Since I graduated with degrees in Political Journalism and PE, I have been noting and writing my adventures, which I hope will be published within the next few years, so watch this space”.