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Fighting for redemption, not the money

MISTAKE: Darren Hamilton

WITH ALL the controversy surrounding the recent Victor Ortiz - Floyd Mayweather Jnr. fight many boxing fans were a little confused as to why Ortiz only received the penalty of a single point deduction - and a dubious sucker punch KO for his efforts - whilst back at York Hall in June Darren Hamilton was not just disqualified, but also fined and suspended, for an almost identical action against Dave Ryan.

Like Ortiz, Hamilton accepted the result without argument. In fact the likable Bristol born fighter, now residing in London, has spent a lot of time soul searching and bridge mending, as he is keen to make amends before the pair once again face each other, for the British Master Light Welterweight title, a second time on the Spencer Fearon inspired Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions This is Hard Knocks show at York Hall in east London on October 7.

Hamilton’s determination to make amends, for that red mist moment, became clear when he said: “I’m fighting for redemption, not the money, he’s fighting for the money.

“Basically Dave Ryan has asked for more money to fight me again, myself personally I’m completely not interested in the money.

“You wouldn’t believe what I actually went through. On the night I didn’t realise the seriousness of what I did. Afterwards I soon found out!

“Not only could I not box for 28 days, because the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) suspended me, but I also had to pay a fine to the BBBofC.

“I was getting abuse from his fans. My girlfriend, who was at the fight at the time, was getting abuse as well. Some of it I heard; it was racial abuse.

“Since then I’ve also been getting abuse on the internet from his fans, which I may not like but do understand.

“I let Spencer down, I let the fans down and I let myself down, something I am really sorry for.

“It’s put me in a position, like where I was before, where I have to prove myself again like I did against Ideh Ochuku, after being knocked out by Daryl Setterfield, and the time they said I didn’t have a chance against Peter McDonagh, where I was the complete underdog.

“I’ve gone right back to that hunger again, this is it again right now. I am completely solemn and completely dedicated to winning this fight. My head is completely on it, it’s all I’ve been thinking about, you know.”

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