Matt Legg says a vicious gang attack convinced him to get back in the boxing ring for the first time in almost five years.
Shamrock Promotions has announced that the exciting hit-or-be-hit heavyweight will top the bill at a show set for Milton Keynes on July 14.
The venue has yet to be confirmed for what will be the first open professional boxing show staged in the city for more than 20 years, but Legg’s comeback is sure to attract a big crowd.
Legg, 37, has been out of the ring since October 2008 and admits that he thought his career was over until he went out on New Year’s Eve.
He said: “I went out with my missus and was attacked by a gang of blokes.
“They were biting me and trying to poke my eyes out, and I was drunk, there was no fight in me.
“I knew they’d never have done that when I was fit and strong, so I started training again when I had recovered from my hangover.
“I got a message to those who attacked me, but none of them wanted to spar me.”
However, Legg did find some sparring partners and was soon back on the road to a return to action.
“I put the sparring up on Facebook and then several promoters contacted me,” he said. “They said I should get back in the ring. It had never crossed my mind to box again, but I’ve decided to go for it.”
Legg was a top amateur boxer – he reached the ABA super-heavyweight final in 2001 – and as a professional, he boxed on Sky Sports and won five of his six fights.
A knee injured required surgery and the retirement of his trainer Jack Lindsay looked set to end his career in the ring for good.
But Legg will be back next month and is determined to have a last crack at fulfilling his boxing ambitions.
”I’ve got three years to get to British-title level,” he said. “I think I can do it.
“I feel better than before. I feel faster, fitter, sharper, but I may be nowhere near where I was – I won’t know until I have my first fight.
”I have got the better of good lads in sparring and want to have one last crack at it. I don’t want to have any regrets.”
Legg, who has been given a sponsorship boost by Care Building Services, is being coached by Mervyn Turner and will head to Norwich next week for sparring with former Commonwealth heavyweight champion Sam Sexton.
And he says he aims to prove size doesn’t matter when he gets back in action.
”I like to fight the bigger lads,” said Legg. “They don’t move around so much. They just stand there, and so are easier to hit.”
The rest of the MK show bill is currently being put together and tickets are now available to buy. Call 07527 888605.