By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Jamie Kavanagh has signed a new managerial contract after leaving behind the glitz and glamour of the United States.
The former Golden Boy-promoted lightweight has signed a deal with Daniel Kinahan and MGM Marbella as he looks to bring his career to the attention of those in Europe.
Kavanagh, who is training with Mark & Jimmy Tibbs in London, has 18 wins from 20 contests as a professional and is looking to continue that impressive ledger with two clashes before the end of the year.
At 25, the Irishman –– who made his debut at the age of 19 –– is looking at a homecoming in December, but wants to box in the UK in September.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to push my career in the right direction,” said Kavanagh of Kinahan and MGM.
“They are very open and willing to help. All my career has been in the USA and UK, but Irish
boxing is different, so I need a help in the right direction.
“Next year I have got my eye on Derry Mathews, Anthony Crolla, Steven Ormond and Terry Flanagan to name a few; there are more but these stick out above the rest.
“They are close to world title honours and I want that too.”
Elsewhere, Dublin duo Jake Hanney and Ciaran Mullen have inked managerial deals with the Spain-based outfit.
Hanney is unbeaten in four professional outings after turning professional at welterweight in Australia two years ago and has now made the decision to continue his fledgling paid career in Europe.
As an amateur, the 26-year-old won six national titles and captained Ireland at youth and junior level around the world during 130 unpaid bouts.
He looks set for a ring return on September 12 in Preston, as part of Harrison Promotions’ show at the Evoque Nightclub, which is topped by Tshifhiwa Munyai’s IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title against champion Oscar Chauke.
Meanwhile, Mullen –– who won three league titles in a row in a vest and headguard after starting the sport at Finchley ABC at eight years old –– will make his professional bow later this month.
Featuring alongside new team-mate Matthew Macklin and a host of other MGM-managed punchers at the H10 Andalucian Plaza Hotel in Puerto Banus on August 28, the 22-year-old will fight over four rounds.by