NEIL Fannan was today looking forward to guiding comeback men Michael Hunter and David Dolan back into the boxing ring.
But the top trainer admitted to SportMail: “They are both in the last-chance saloon.”
Fannan has enjoyed some wonderful moments with Hunter and Dolan – winning 40 bouts and drawing two out of 48.
The 52-year-old explained that he could deny neither man another shot at ring glory and that both had worked their socks off in the build up to tomorrow’s big Phil Jeffries’ promoted bill at the Borough Hall.
But he conceded that if Hunter and Dolan failed against Sid Razak and Tayar Mehmed that their fine careers, both in the amateur and pro game would almost certainly be over.
“You would have to say they are both in the last-chance saloon,” said Fannan, who also has a 50-50 derby for light-welterweight Gary Fox against Darlington’s Neil Hepper on the undercard.
“Both lads have looked well in sparring and have worked hard, as I would have expected.
“But you can’t really tell until they get in the ring and do it for real.
“Both Michael and David need to win and perform well.”
Boxing starts at 1.30pm on Sunday
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