Eamonn Magee returns to the ring

Ireland's Eamonn Magee returns to the ring next month for the first time since his leg was broken in a vicious street assault.

Magee will make the first defence of his WBU welterweight title against Denmark’s Allan Vester on March 18 at the King’s Hall, Belfast.

Magee’s manager Mike Callahan expects the 27-year-old former world and European title challenger to be a true test for the Belfast fighter.

Magee returns to the ring 12 months after being hospitalised following the brutal street assault.

Callahan said: “When you think about what Eamonn has been through you would have to say this a little bit of a gamble.

“This will be a big chance for Vester, who has mixed at the highest level, and a test for Eamonn because everyone wants to see what he has left after that terrible attack.

“It speaks volumes about Eamonn that he was offered a 10-rounder for the same money on the show but wanted to defend his title and is prepared to take on Vester.

“I think it’s fair to say that anyone else would be wanting an easier option for the first fight back in over a year.”

Magee is dedicating the first defence of the title he won in December 2003 to those who nursed him back to full health.

“This fight is for those medical people who have made it possible for me to fight again. I owe them everything,” said Magee.

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