Almost three years since his last fight, Tom Doran cannot wait to get back into the ring after confirming his return to boxing.
Connah’s Quay fighter Doran took an indefinite break from the sport in 2012 and has not fought since his first-round stoppage win over Max Maxwell in May 2011.
Doran made his pro debut two years earlier when he out-pointed Alex Spitko at Deeside Leisure Centre.
He went on to rack up nine more wins, stopping three of his final four opponents inside the opening round.
Having won his first 10 contests, the 26-year-old – whose nickname is Dazzlin’ – was regarded as one of the brightest prospects on the domestic light middleweight scene.
Tipped as a potential champion in the making, Doran penned a deal with former world title holder Ricky Hatton under his Hatton Promotions banner but then decided to step back from the ring.
He had endured a frustrating run of injuries and put his decision down to other priorities with increasing work commitments a contributory factor.
But the still unbeaten fighter has now announced his comeback and could make his return with a homecoming fight at Deeside Leisure Centre in late April or early May.
“It’s coming up to three years since my last fight but it feels like the time is right,” said Doran.
“It was just one of those things when I decided to stop to be honest.
“No boxer wants to stop fighting but I was working a lot and boxing is not one of those sports you can do half-hearted.”
Doran will again be based out of Shotton ABC with long-time coach Shane Thomas and dad Clive Doran overseeing his preparations.
Doran junior has signed with well respected Yorkshire-based promoter Dave Coldwell and is looking forward to getting back into action.
“We are looking to get me out at the end of April or early May and I know Dave was looking into the possibility of doing something at Deeside Leisure Centre,” said Doran.
Given he has been out of the ring so long, Doran confirmed he would be stepping up to super middleweight.
He believes he has the talent to make a major impact in a talent-packed division.
“I definitely want to win a British title and that Lonsdale belt is the one I want over my fireplace,” he said.
“After that we will just see what happens but I am excited.
“I will be stepping up in weight because eleven stone was always a bit of a struggle for me really and sometimes I looked like a little boy on fight night so I can do the weight no problem.
“Shane and my dad have been with me all the way so they know me and we trust each other which is important.
“I’m still only 26 so I think I have got at least another six years or so under my belt so there is plenty of time left.”
Doran announced his comeback on Twitter and will be using his @dazzlindoran and the @coldwellboxing accounts to keep his fans informed on his comeback plans.