Boxing: Conisbrough’s Steven Hale ‘buzzing’ ahead of comeback fight

Steven Hale
Steven Hale

Steven Hale insists he is 100 per cent focused on boxing and ready to make an impact on his return to the sport.

The Conisbrough lightweight walked away from the ring more than three and a half years ago due to family issues which prevented him from dedicating his time to training.

But with his personal life settled and a wedding to come next year, Hale feels now is the perfect time to step back between the ropes once more.

His first fight back is Saturday night at the Dome in Doncaster when he will meet Youssef Al Hamidi in a testing four rounder. And he cannot wait.

“I’m buzzing just talking about it,” he told the Times.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back in there. It feels like the perfect time.

“I’ve always had this belief that you can’t do anything properly in life if you’re not dedicating 100 per cent to it.

“I don’t want to do anything without giving it my full focus and it definitely got to that stage when I was boxing before.

“There was things going on outside the sport that were more important and I walked away because I needed to.

“But I always had this idea that once I got things sorted, then I’d come back.”

Hale had a perfect three fight record under his belt when he walked away but it was clear he was struggling to progress following an explosive knockout in his first bout.

The 28-year-old feels his new found focus will help him develop rapidly, as well as increasing maturity.

He said: “I genuinely feel now that I’m mature enough to handle everything around boxing.

“The easy part about the sport is getting in the ring and fighting. The training, dieting and dedication is the hard part.

“There’s no comparison between how I approach it all now to how I did back then. I feel like I’m really listening to things and learning much more now.

“I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for the hard work my trainers Stefy Bull and Ray Doyle have put in and the support my partner has given me at home.”

Hale admits he took a while to get back into the swing of things after pulling on the gloves once more. But he wasted little time in dropping the weight after stepping up his training regime eight weeks ago.

He said: “I’ve lost about a stone and a half in that time and I’m back down at my fighting weight. I got a few black eyes in the early stages and it took me a while to find my feet.

“But it’s all coming back to me and I don’t think it’ll be too long before I’m as good as I ever have been. Hopefully I can keep busy over the next few months and then start working towards a title next year.”

Also on Saturday’s bill, is Darfield’s Robbie Barrett. The 22-year-old has only been back in the gym for a fortnight after completing a trek to Everest basecamp for charity and is booked in for a tune up contest against Matt Seawright.

Denaby Main’s Adam Jones will face Dee Mitchell after impressing yet again in another tough away trip last weekend. Jones was drafted in at late notice to face unbeaten WBC International Silver welterweight champion Shayne Singleton in Lancashire on Saturday night and proved a tough test.

He will face Dee Mitchell at the Dome on Saturday where Doncaster fighters Jason Cunningham, Aston Jolly and Luke Crowcroft will also be in action.