Gary Buckland is back and has re-found his hunger

Gary Buckland is back and has re-found his hunger

Cardiff’s Gary Buckland (30-7, 10KO) insists he didn’t retire in November and just needed a break from boxing to re-find his hunger.

‘Dynamo’ will end his self-imposed seven-month absence from the ring on Saturday on the undercard of Frank Warren’s show at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff Bay.

He said: “It wasn’t a retirement, I just needed a big break from boxing. I was so sick of fighting because I wasn’t performing my best. I had a good rest and I thought now I’m ready to go again.

“I was training more in my break. I wanted to keep the weight off and that. I usually have time off and it’s time off but I stayed in the gym, got hungry again and now I’m back.

“I felt a bit pressure free at the start. I could live a normal life but I didn’t like a normal life. I’m a boxer and that’s what I do. I was getting ready over Christmas, I felt I really wanted to fight again and I announced it on New Years Eve. I’m back.”

The 30-year-old suffered a shock 10-round points defeat against inspired last-minute challenger Sean Dodd in Liverpool in December. It was the seventh defeat of Buckland’s 10 year career and marked a low-point as he had originally been scheduled to face British lightweight champion Scott Cardle.

Cardle withdrew after sustaining a short-notice injury in a charity football match and Dodd’s win meant he progressed to two British title fights, losing and drawing in controversial circumstances and finding himself on the wrong end of questionable officiating.

Still, it hasn’t been any consolation to Buckland, who said: “It doesn’t make me feel any better. When I boxed him, I know the best of me would’ve beat him. So, I don’t care what he goes on to do afterwards, I feel like I lost a fight I shouldn’t have. But I lost, he beat me and that’s it.”

Ellesmere Port’s Matty Fagan (8-1), who is managed by Queensberry Promotions’ matchmaker Jason McClory, will be in the other corner for the six rounder. The visitor has only been defeated on one occasion and Buckland could have chosen an easier comeback fight, though he doesn’t believe the energetic Fagan has been at his level.

Buckland said: “I’ve watched him on YouTube. He hasn’t boxed nobody of my calibre or my standard. We will see how he does tomorrow night. I don’t have a prediction, I just go for the win and anything else is a bonus.”

Prior to a fifth round stoppage loss to Stephen Smith in 2013, Buckland recorded two successful defences of the British super-featherweight title. He would need just one more to own the Lord Lonsdale belt outright and insists that it remains his career aim.

Buckland said: “I still want to win the British title outright. I’m at lightweight tomorrow, a six rounder, but I’ll get my weight down to 9st 4lbs after this and be a super-featherweight again.

“There’s lots of chances I should’ve had before, maybe if I get this win I might get some more chances. I can only try my best.

“Super-featherweight is pretty quiet at the moment. Liam Walsh has moved on to other things. I think it will be busy again soon, hopefully I’m involved. Who knows?”