Queenstown boxer Richie Hadlow returns to the ring this weekend for his pro debut – five months after it was cancelled on medical grounds.
Hadlow was due to fight on Joseph Parker’s undercard in December but failed the mandatory pre-fight brain scan.
But the Commonwealth Games rep’s now been cleared to box on and faces Ricky Curline in Christchurch this Saturday.
Hadlow’s raring to go.
“I always say boxing’s like an emotional rollercoaster, sometimes you’re super confident, sometimes you wonder ‘why am I doing this?’
“I need to just lace the gloves up and start punching.”
December’s pre-fight MRI scan revealed Hadlow had a brain abnormality.
“I wanted to make smart decisions, and not be putting my health at risk,” he says of the decision to scrap the fight.
He learned it was safe for him to compete again at the end of February.
“It was great to hear, but it’s such a bittersweet thing.
“As a fighter you know how you feel, and I was ready to go in December. I’d trained really hard, I was ready, but I had to put everything on hold.”
He says he never had physical symptoms.
“I wasn’t going through a physical struggle, I just had a scan and some medical stuff put in front of me.”
As for the future, he’s happy to see what happens.
Further down the track, he’s also keen to organise a fight in Queenstown.