Boxer Greg O'Neil makes his long-awaited ring return at Rainton Meadows Arena

Greg O'Neil takes a step into the unknown when he makes his long-awaited ring return tonight.

Friday, 3rd March 2017, 1:03 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:52 am
Gus Robinson Developments boxer, Greg O'Neil.

The explosive Horden super-middleweight, who fights out of the Gus Robinson Developments gym in Hartlepool, climbs into the square ring at Rainton Meadows Arena for the first time in three years.

O’Neil faces a Lithuanian with a great name for Scrabble, Zygimantas Butkevicius, who is making his professional debut at the Houghton venue.

It is his first bout since giving 2012 Olympic star Anthony Ogogo a serious argument in front of the Sky Sports cameras in Glasgow in March 2014.

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Gus Robinson Developments head coach Peter Cope said: “I can’t even say his opponent’s name, let alone find out anything about him!

“Usually, you pick up something from their previous bouts.

“But this kid hasn’t had any so it’s hard to tell.

“I’m excited to see Greg box again.

“He’s been in the gym then out again but he’s had a really sustained run of training so it’s great there is a fight for him.

“Hopefully, this can be the start of something good for him.”

Gus Robinson Developments team-mate Richard O’Neill has his third pro contest on the Phil Jeffries-promoted bill.

With two wins behind him, O’Neill faces Callum Ide over four rounds at middleweight.

“Richard is a great trainer and great lad,” said Cope.

“He’s only onto his third contest so this will be about seeing him make progress.”

There is a strong Hartlepool presence in the 10-bout show, with three Neil Fannan fighters in action.

Martin Ward faces Latvia’s Dimitrijs Gutmans, while unbeaten younger brother Tommy tackles Simas Volosinas, from Lithuania.

Daniel Cope goes up against the experienced West Midlands welterweight Kevin McCauley.

Peterlee trainer David Binns sends out unbeaten trio, Sunderland’s Warren Baister, big-hitting Thornley fighter Darren Surtees and Crimdon’s Jay Hughes.

There is a debut for their team-mate, Chris Wallace, from Peterlee.

Doors will open at the Rainton Meadows Arena with boxing getting under way at 7pm.