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Associated Press, Published March 13 2012

ND boxer Virgil Hill says he plans comeback

BISMARCK — North Dakota boxer Virgil Hill has not fought for more than four years, but the five-time world champion is training for a comeback.

Hill told The Bismarck Tribune that he plans to fight again in the spring. The opponent, date and site all are yet to be determined.

Hill has had success in recent years training fighters out of his gym in New Jersey, producing five junior national champions. The recent death of his father from cancer pushed him to return to the ring at age 48.

"He passed so fast," Hill said. "I don't want to leave anything out there for anybody to question. I don't want to have any regrets."

Hill has been a world champion at both the light heavyweight and cruiserweight levels, winning his first belt in 1987. He has not fought since losing to Firat Arslan in November 2007. He said he is not deterred by the long layoff.

"The quality of fighters out there today is not what they were when I was in my heyday," Hill said. "I can still compete at a world-class level."

Hill said he has reunited with trainer Freddie Roach. Hill was the first of Roach's many world champions. The two have been working together again in California. Hill said his goal is to be the oldest world champion in history.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.