MIKE McGoldrick is facing an extended wait to return to the ring after suffering an injury in training which has sidelined him for several weeks.

The Barrow light-heavyweight had been slated to have his first six-round contest on the undercard of David Oliver Joyce’s WBO European featherweight title clash with Stephen Tiffin on March 15 in Manchester.

But injury frustrated those plans and McGoldrick is now having to wait patiently for his fourth professional bout, which is provisionally scheduled for July.

“I was absolutely flying as well because we were stepping up to six rounds and I was really fit,” said McGoldrick.

“I’d had a really good week training, sparring fresh opponents all week, but just picked up an injury on the last day of the week.

“The doctor said it would be a few weeks before I could resume training and that’s no good for fighting in March.

We’ve got another provisional date for sometime in July, so that will be when I come back to the ring. It’s frustrating, but what can you do? These things happen.”

McGoldrick is still training at Johnney Roye’s gym in Preston though and is looking forward to supporting fellow Barrovian Liam Conroy in his British title fight next month.

“It’s exciting to be able to relax and watch him do the business there when it comes to him fighting Joshua Buatsi,” said McGoldrick.

“There are plenty of people going down and he’s got loads of support. He’s going to be sparring non-stop and he’s going to be in the best shape he can be.

“With me just going down doing standard training, that probably gives Johnney a bit more time to focus on Liam.”