TONY OAKEY has set his sights on winning a title in 2016 after announcing his comeback plans.
Portsmouth’s most successful boxer has revealed his desire for a return to the sport – five years after his retirement.
And the Leigh Park Warrior believes that can culminate in adding another belt to his collection.
Oakey has applied to the British Boxing Board of Control for his licence.
The 39-year-old is hopeful that process will go smoothly, with a contest earmarked for next March.
Oakey said: ‘I’ve applied for my licence and am waiting to hear from the board.
‘They have to go through the right checks but I don’t see any reason for a problem.
‘I’m in better condition now than when I boxed and look after myself better.
‘The light-heavyweight division is very weak at present.
‘I have demons I want to put to bed and I believe I can win an English title at the very least.’
Oakey insisted he would not box again after a proposed one-off clash with American Aaron Pryor Jr was cancelled earlier this month.
But he has had a rethink after being offered sponsorship to allow him to dedicate his time to a return.
The former WBU, British, Commonwealth and Prizefighter champ is set to link up with Portsmouth trainer, Michael Ballingall and his uncle, Frankie Hopkins, the renowned boxing cutsman.
An unnamed leading promoter is also understood to be close to putting a plan in place for his comeback.
Oakey said: ‘A lovely lady has come forward and offered sponsorship.
‘There are strong plans to make this happen,’
– JORDAN CROSS