Oakey set for shock ring return

Tony Oakey, right, in his last professional fight against Michael Banbula in May 2010  Picture: Steve Reid
Tony Oakey, right, in his last professional fight against Michael Banbula in May 2010 Picture: Steve Reid

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TONY OAKEY is set for a shock professional boxing return.

The Leigh Park Warrior is in talks about a comeback contest in Portsmouth later this year.

A meeting with a huge boxing name is in the pipeline, with discussions taking place with Jamaica’s veteran former world champion Glengoffe Johnson.

American Jeff Lacy is another renowned boxer being touted as an opponent.

The prospect of a meeting with legendary all-time great, Roy Jones Jr was in the pipeline earlier this month.

That fell through but sparked the 39-year-old’s desire for a ring return.

Oakey said: ‘I had no interest in a comeback.

‘But the chance to box Roy Jones Jr came up and that’s not something I could ignore.

‘It didn’t come off but I was offered the chance of a one-off comeback against a big name.

‘It will be the chance to put some demons I’ve had to bed.

‘My head was not in boxing the last two years of my career. That ate away at me.

‘I said I’d never come out of retirement unless a massive fight came up – now that looks the case.’

After a five-year lay-off since retiring, there will be doubts about Oakey boxing again in some quarters.

Portsmouth’s favourite boxing son is adamant he will prove any doubters wrong.

Oakey said: ‘Portsmouth has always got behind a big fight.

‘I’ve stayed fit and done charity events.

‘I’m lighter now than when I used to start training for fights in my career.

‘I do believe, for a one off, there is fight in the old dog still.’