Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Trainer Returns to Ring; Thornberry Prepares for Fight after Long Break

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Trainer Returns to Ring; Thornberry Prepares for Fight after Long Break

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Byline: Cameron Leslie cameronl @thechronicle.com.au

NOEL Thornberry has waited 18 years to step back into the boxing ring, a couple more months won't hurt him.

The Thornberry name is well known in boxing circles, with Noel training brother Ricky to two world title bouts against Sven Ottke and Joe Calzaghe.

Thornberry was set to return to the ring on May 2 against Scott Gaby, but a training mishap has led to knee surgery that has thwarted his bid.

He was on a training run when he jumped from the road to avoid a vehicle, landing in a pot hole.

"It started to blow up and up and I had a sparring session the next day and I knew it just wasn't right," Thornberry said.

"I have to get the knee cleaned out now."

Thornberry didn't see his return to boxing as a big deal, as he has never left the sport, still training a number of fighters, and remaining extremely fit. …

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