Danny McIntosh is coming back to boxing to conquer the world.
At 39, the former European light-heavyweight champion returns after a five-year break to top the bill on promoter Costas Evangelou’s show at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Saturday, April 20.
McIntosh is set to campaign at cruiserweight – and he’s aiming high.
“I’m not coming back to be British champion,” he said, “I want the biggest prize out there.
“People might laugh and scoff, but I want the world title. In the next two years that’s what I want and I believe I will get it.
“I have been to see a hypnotherapist and have seen myself with the WBC title.
“I have watched all the cruiserweights out there and I think they are OK – but I’m better.”
McIntosh was a success story from the Ingles’ gym.
In his teens, he headed there with a friend because they wanted to learn how to box like Prince Naseem Hamed and after a handful of amateur bouts, McIntosh turned pro and had wins over Tony Oakey and Thierry Karl on his best nights, capturing English and European titles.
“I won English and European titles in only 20 fights,” he said, “and I wasn’t doing everything I should have been doing.
“I feel more comfortable now I’m up at 14st 4lbs.”
McIntosh admits he thought his fighting days were over.
“I had a couple of bareknuckle fights,” he said, “and I was going to call it a day.
“But I went to a boxing gym and started to think: ‘I’m not finished.’
“I was at the Elite Gym in Norwich and Frank Sinctorness said to me: ‘You’ve still got it.’
“I asked Frank if he would train me and he said it would be a privilege.”
McIntosh will ease back in a four rounder next month and said: “With my ability and experience, I know I need to be fast tracked.
“I know I have the ability to beat the best cruiserweights out there in the future.”