AFTER A YEAR AND a half out of the ring, ‘Buncrana Banger’ John Hutchinson is ready to get back on the canvas again.
The 29-year-old is based in Thailand at the moment, but will fly to Marbella in ten days to join a camp ahead of his comeback bout, which has yet to be confirmed.
It had been expected that Hutchinson would fight in Syndey on March 20, but it is now likely that the Buncrana orthodox will have a fight in Ireland at some stage in the next couple of months.
Hutchinson (5-2-2) lost his last two fights in 2014, his most recent bout the defeat to Danny Shannon in September 2014 at Villa Park, having been beaten on points by Peter McDonagh in Reading for the vacant irish super-welterweight title that March.
Hutchinson had something of a frustrating time in America in 2013 having had a couple of planned bouts shelved, but he won one and drew the other contest he had Stateside.
Hutchinson scored a debut win in August 2012 when he defeated Darren Cruise in Castlebar before he beat Gerard Healy at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast that December.
Hutchinson floored Lithuanian Mantas Bakstinas in Birmingham during the opening round in February 2013 before he met Healy again for the Celtic Warriors Middleweight title – that bout was stopped due to an accidental clash of heads.
Hutchinson’s American debut, a meeting with Robert Brando-Hunt, ended prematurely because of a head clash, too, but the Buncrana man had his sights fixed and, after defeating Deividas Sajauka in Belfast, he went head-to-head with Brando-Hunt again at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Boston.
That was a sensational 40-36 points win over four rounds where the Donegal man out-gunned the American thanks largely to a series of punishing body shots.