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 Last update:  10/31/2013       Read more by Nick Halling         
   
Ian Napa Seriously Considering Comeback in 2014
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By Nick Halling

Get ready for one of the surprise ring returns of 2014. Ian Napa, 35-year-old former British and European bantamweight boss, is seriously considering making a comeback, having been out of the game since July 2011.

Napa has had a cataract in his eye surgically repaired and has been cleared to box by his surgeon. However, the eye test needs to be sent to the Boxing Board for their approval. Assuming the Board is satisfied medically, Napa plans to spend a few months at a training camp in South Africa to get his weight back to around the bantamweight limit.

Hes been training non-stop recently, and I actually told him hes working harder now than when he used to box, said his coach, Brian Lawrence. Hes been doing some sparring with active pros, and to be honest, hes just been playing with them. Hes obviously been thinking to himself that he can still do it, and if he decides he wants to come back, its not for me or anyone else to say he cant. Ill definitely support him.

Napa has been training some of Lawrences fighters and has clearly got quite a bit of weight to shift, but according to Lawrence, the desire and focus are definitely there. I think hes seen someone like Stuart Hall get a shot at the (IBF super bantamweight) world title, and hes thought to himself, if Stuart can get a shot, why cant I?

If he can get himself down to bantam, maybe super bantam at a stretch, then who knows. Hes got the talent, thats always been there. Whether hes going to be able to apply himself fully, well have to wait and see.

Nick Halling is a commentator for Sky Sports.

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comment by Jakutindi Wauya, on 10-31-2013
I like Napa who has done a lot for the sport however his last fights his reflexes had gone. Stay retired because there is life after boxing.

comment by Adamjr91, on 10-31-2013
It never ends well when a little fighter tries to make a comeback and it certainly won't end well for Napa. Last time i saw him he had completely lost his reflexes

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