News April 2019

Hanrahan chasing Dickens, Pettitt and Walsh


by @jamacd2011

Injuries are normally deemed as being detrimental to a fighter’s career but for Macclesfield’s Liam Hanrahan (5-0 3KOs), it’s been a blessing in disguise.

A whirlwind first year as a professional saw the super bantamweight amass five straight wins in 11 months. His ledger would likely have contained another victory by the end of the 2013, had it not been for a hand injury which forced him to withdraw from a scheduled bout last November. Rather than let frustration creep in, the 24 year old used this time to get back to boxing fundamentals under the tutelage of trainer Scott Lawton.

“This is going to sound really stupid but it’s been good that I got injured,” Hanrahan told Livefight. “From when I made the transition from amateur to pro it’s all been about ‘Right you’ve got eight weeks ‘til your first pro fight, lets get you fit, lets get you ready.’ It was just getting about getting fit, then I went straight in to my next. The first five fights were all about getting match ready.

“Whereas now, I’m taking step ups and I’m not too far off the big step up, we’ve had a lot of time to take a step back and go back to the textbook stuff which basically wins you your fights when you’ve got tougher opponents. We were able to use this time to sit down and focus on that, as well as the fitness work.”

Now fully recovered Hanrahan makes his first ring appearance of the year this Saturday on Coldwell Promotions’ “Call of Duty” bill at Bowler’s Arena, Manchester, as he looks to build on performances that have had him tipped as one of the stars of an ever developing promotional stable. Having stopped his first three opponents within the scheduled distance, including the durable Delroy Spencer, some critics felt he may be no more than a puncher. This assertion was dispelled by his next two performances as he showed well rounded boxing skill as well as his noted punch power.

“It was my fourth fight that really put me out there when I came up against Reynaldo Cajina. Looking at his record, he’d lost some, he drew some but he’d won twelve at the time, knocking nine out, so he was a puncher.

“I think they tested him on me, since I boxed him but there have been a few British lads who’ve boxed him now; Jazza [Dickens] and Ryan Burnett have both fought him since. I think it was a case of ‘Let’s see how Liam gets on with him, then we’ll have him.’”

With the landscape of the domestic 122lbs division remarkably altered since Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton and Kid Galahad have moved up in level, the weight class appears wide open. Current British Champion, Gavin McDonnell will have to fend off the likes of James ‘Jazza’ Dickens, Michael Walsh and Lewis Pettitt who are all vying to snatch the coveted strap from him. Hanrahan feels there isn’t much to choose between them and believes he can get himself in the mix.

“I was speaking to Scott in the gym and we were saying now that Quigg, Frampton and Galahad are out of the way, from fourth in the rankings down there isn’t much there.

“Obviously McDonnell and Leigh Wood have boxed for the British and they are brilliant but I don’t think they are miles ahead of me considering one is the British Champion.
You used to get that British Champion who was that step above you but at super-bantam I think its wide open for anyone to take.”

Hanrahan may get his wish as promoter Dave Coldwell, noted for making 50/50 fights on paper, has been very vocal in support of his fighter. This may result in big fights for him this year that could thrust him to the forefront of the division. This backing is something the Hanrahan is very grateful for.

“It’s okay having a fanbase, a family, a wife and coaches behind you but you need that main person who will inject the money in to you to go far. Dave wants to push me forward rather than having me sitting back waiting ‘til the time is right, which is exactly what I want.”

In his quest to make a big impact on the domestic scene the youngster has a clear plan as to what he would like to achieve this year to make his dream a reality.

“I just want to be nice and busy and hopefully get a title by the end of the year, whether it’s a Central Area or an English, I don’t know. It would be nice to get a British, I think that might be a little too rushed but you never know.”

Coldwell Promotions bring you an excellent show this Saturday at the Bowler’s Arena Manchester. “Call of Duty” features a terrific main event in the British Masters Featherweight title bout between Ryan Doyle and Michael Ramabeletsa. Also on the show are Liam Hanrahan, Andy Jones and much more.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01709 556 331 or by visiting

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