OVER 20 years since emigrating to Australia, Bridgend native Joe Hutchinson will return to these shores for the first time to watch his son, Liam, make his professional boxing debut next Saturday at the Odyssey Arena.
Queensland welterweight, Liam Hutchinson, is a cousin of WBA light-welterweight contender, Paul McCloskey’s wife, Emma and he can also trace his immediate family roots back to Co. Donegal.
And the extended Hutchinson family will be out in numbers to support Liam in his professional bow on the undercard of McCloskey’s WBA title eliminator ‘Homecoming’ clash against Breidis Prescott.
“My dad’s from Bridgend,” explained Liam. “He’s coming over for the fight too which is nice. He moved to Queensland over 20 years ago and has been there ever since. I have heaps of family in and around Derry so I should have plenty of support on the night.”
Training at Breen’s Gym in central Belfast for the past five months, Hutchinson is eagerly awaiting confirmation of his opponent for the fight but he’s relishing the thought of appearing in such a world class card.
“It’s amazing. It really showed me what it is like to train like a champion and there is a good feeling in the gym - when you turn up you know you have to work. I have always liked the professional game and couldn’t wait to turn pro.
“I’m looking forward to it. I couldn’t have been luckier to get on this bill and to fight my first pro fight at the Odyssey, it’s great. I can’t wait to get in there.
“I’ve lived in Queensland my whole life but I’m in Ireland for this fight and I’m not sure how long I’ll stay afterwards. I’ll be looking for a few fights here anyway,” he concluded.