NICKI Smedley will make his long-awaited comeback at Don Valley Stadium next Friday.
The troubled Sheffield puncher will return to the ring for the first time in 10 months having recently patched up his differences with promoter Dennis Hobson.
After falling out with Hobson at the end of 2010, it seemed Smedley was destined to team up with Naseem Hamed.
It is thought the former world champion, who was fined more than £1,000 after pleading guilty to driving offences after he drove following a lengthy ban without retaking his test first this week - approached Woodthorpe’s Smedley about becoming his manager.
But the 25-year-old welterweight, unbeaten in 12 bouts, opted to stay with Hobson.
Smedley’s dad, Chris, told The Star: “About six weeks ago, Nicki had a meeting with Dennis (Hobson) and said he wanted to box.
“Naz is Nicki’s hero but he has not got the managerial experience or contacts Dennis has. Nicki has finished his growing up period now. What has happened in the past is behind him now.
“Boxing is his job and he is pretty good at it. He is mentally ready now to move on.”
Nicki, who’s opponent has yet to be confirmed, is top of the ‘Friday Fright Night’ bill. David Howe, and Doncaster’s Andy Roberts are on the undercard.
For ticket information, ring Chris on 07501 360603.