Brendan Davey’s last fight before Saturday night was back on December 9, 2016.
But when he returned to the ring for his Global Boxing League Australian Title fight in Bathurst on Saturday night it was straight back to business.
The 25-year-old boxer stepped in to the ring for the 11th time, and secured his eighth victory, and won an Australian title in the bargain.
Davey swapped the gloves for footy boots during autumn, winter and the beginning of spring.
But with the rugby league season now well and truly over, Davey said that his mind was focused solely on boxing.
He continued training during the league season, and stepped it up a gear two weeks after grand final day (Sunday, September 17), when he joined Black and Blue Boxing Gym under the guidance of experienced trainer Spike Syphers.
The pair agreed that Davey would try and squeeze in as many fights as he could in the next six-12 months, before setting his sights on the professionals.
On Saturday Davey fought the hometown boxer Mitchell Stevens for the vacant belt.
The pair went head-to-head during four two-minute rounds.
Davey beat Stevens via a unanimous decision.
Despite the 11-month break between fights, and Davey dropping 10kg since his last fight, the 25-year-old said that he felt great in his return to the ring.
“I really didn’t feel too bad,” he said.
“I just got straight back on the jab and started landing some good straight right hands on him.
“He couldn’t do much to me, but it was still a good rough fight.”