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McBride ready for ring return

IT'S almost three years since he stepped into the ring, so no one expected Kevin McBride to pick a tough opponent for his heavyweight comeback in Poughkeepsie, New York, tonight.

Even at 37, the big man from Clones, Co Monaghan, should have enough left in the tank to take care of Robert Dawkins, a 40-year-old Philadelphian who is way over the hill.

Dawkins has fought some big names, like Samuel Peter, Eddie Chambers, Kevin Johnson and Oleg Maskaev, but he has only won two of his last 13 bouts, taking his career record to 23 wins and 15 defeats.


McBride's main claim to fame is that he was the last man to fight Mike Tyson. He shocked the boxing world by stopping the former world heavyweight champion in six rounds in 2005.

Since then he has lost two out of three, both setbacks being on stoppages, against Mike Mello and Andrew Golota.

"I was supposed to get a world title after I beat Tyson, but I didn't and that took away my hunger for boxing," said the 6ft 6in fighter nicknamed the Clones Colossus.

"Now I have that hunger back and I mean business this time. I have Irish pride on my side."