Joe Hillerby ready to return from the wilderness at Belfast event

Belfast fighter Joe Hillerby will make a return to the ring on March 28
Belfast fighter Joe Hillerby will make a return to the ring on March 28

Belfast fighter Joe Hillerby will be looking to turn back the clock at the Andersonstown Leisure Centre on March 28.

Hillerby’s professional career had got off to a flying start with seven wins on the bounce - before disaster struck in his eighth outing against Lee Murtagh for the vacant Irish super welterweight title in July 2012.

That night - at the Devenish Complex in Belfast - Hillerby had been miles ahead on the scorecards before he had to retire with a dislocated shoulder in the sixth round.

In November of 2012 he returned after treatment from the injury and won the Inaugural Celtic Warrior light-middleweight title after beating Robert Long on points.

Things looked to be getting back on track for the Belfast fighter but a shock points defeat to Phill Fury at the end of 2012 put a spanner in the works - before he had his last outing against Vaclav Polak in September 2013.

Now after months out of the ring - Hillerby will take the first steps of his return to professional boxing when he faces Dee Taggart at the Belfast venue and he is looking forward to putting the frustration of inactivity behind him.

“I have got the buzz back for boxing and it has been a very frustrating time for me being out of action these last few months.

“I was gutted by the Murtagh defeat and the Fury loss.

“If I had not dislocated my shoulder against Murtagh I’m would have won the fight and I was robbed against Fury at the Odyssey.

“But I am back now and I am looking to get off to a good start against Taggart.

“I have missed boxing and it is great to be coming back on a big show like this in Belfast.

“The aim is to win and then start to fight on a regular basis and see where it takes me. I have wasted enough time and now I have to deliver,” he added.

Also on the bill James Tennyson faces Kris Hughes for the Celtic Title. That fight is also a British title eliminator and Tennyson will be hoping to see off Hughes in front of a large support.

Dee Walsh, James Fryers, Mark Morris, Daniel ‘Insane’ McShane and Tyrone McKenna will also feature on the packed bill.

Tickets are available from the boxers on the show or on 07712 473905.