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Morrison's got the write mentality

PUBLISHED: 18:38 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 24 August 2010

By Ben Kosky KILBURN S Jamal Morrison is writing a new chapter in his career after returning to the ring for the first time in nearly three years. Morrison, who beat Duncan Cottier on points at York Hall on Sunday, had toyed with life away from boxing aft

By Ben Kosky

KILBURN'S Jamal Morrison is writing a new chapter in his career after returning to the ring for the first time in nearly three years.

Morrison, who beat Duncan Cottier on points at York Hall on Sunday, had toyed with life away from boxing after taking a course in creative writing.

And the 28-year-old light-middle-weight certainly has no problem putting his thoughts into words following his stint at Ruskin College, Oxford - boxing is now the number one priority.

Now training with Johnny Eames at the TKO gym in east London, Morrison admitted: "I had work commitments and mentally I went out of the game.

"When I was at college it was too hard to get fights and make time for training and travelling, but I realised that boxing was what I really wanted to do.

"But I'm back now and 100 per cent committed. Now I'm training at a professional gym I realise you need to have the total all-round package, including mental toughness."

Morrison had been out of action since February 2007, when he recorded his fourth success in five professional outings - and wasted no time in correcting the one blemish on his record.

Essex boxer Duncan Cottier, who had boxed Morrison to a draw in 2006, was his opponent again on Sunday in a four-rounder, and this time there was no doubt about the winner.

Morrison's movement was the better throughout and produced a couple of neat combinations to pin Cottier on the ropes at the end of the opening round.

The contest was scrappy at times, with the pair appearing to grapple rather than box, but Morrison made the running and rocked his opponent with two right-handers to the head to finish on a high.

He added: "I always struggled with the pressure of making the weight and I tended to just blow up after the fight, but now I'm a good 10st 12lb - at one stage I was 13st 13lb.

"This is the most comfortable I've ever been and it was good to get that rematch, just to correct things. Now the future's onwards and upwards and I'm aiming for the British title by 2011."

Morrison is aiming to make up for lost time, with another fight pencilled in for the end of the month - and there could be plenty to relate when he eventually gets around to writing his autobiography.

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