TONY OAKEY makes a charity return to the ring tonight – with a professional comeback set to arrive later this year.
The Leigh Park Warrior has confirmed he is close to announcing a contest in Portsmouth.
If it comes off it is going to be a massive contest and as big a name as I’ve ever faced.Tony Oakey
The 39-year-old is expected to take part in a Legends match-up against a top-level international opponent at the Mounbatten Centre on November 28.
That will see Portsmouth’s most successful professional talent fight five years on from his last battle.
Oakey had been earmarked to take on American legend Roy Jones Jr in Liverpool next month.
That never materialised but the interest in his return prompted the idea of meeting another top-line opponent.
American Jeff Lacy and Jamaican Glengoffe Johnson are two of the names to have been mooted so far.
The former light-heavyweight is excited about generating the exciting Oakey atmospheres of old.
He said: ‘It’s 85-per-cent confirmed that it is going to happen.
‘If it comes off it is going to be a massive contest and as big a name as I’ve ever faced.
‘There’s been a lot of interest and a lot of people are talking about it.
‘I would never make a return against someone half my age.
‘But to take on a big name like this is my home city is something I can’t resist.’
Before that, Oakey will take part in an exhibition event at the Pyramids in Southsea tonight.
He meets Antony Davies in a fundraiser for the Queen Alexandra Hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit.
Davies has recently had twins who have benefitted from the unit, with Oakey also going through the same experience with his child.
Oakey said: ‘Once I heard about the charity it felt like something I had to get involved with.
‘My daughter would not be here today if it wasn’t for that unit.
‘I’m forever in their debt and it’s a pleasure to give something back.
‘So we are going to put on a good show and raise a lot of money for a brilliant cause.’
To lend your support to the charity visit porthosp.nhs.uk