Five time Senior Champ Reynolds joins the paid ranks
By Jonny Stapleton
When fight fans hear of a heavyweight with five consecutive senior titles to his name is joining the paid ranks interest soars.
However, on the realisation that impressive winning streak came over a decade ago the excitement dwindles. Indeed it transforms in the same manner the crowd furore surrounding a Klitschko ring walk drops to a silence only interrupted bells between rounds when either are mid fight.
Stephen Reynolds is happy to keep expectations at their minimum as the respected and decorated amateur eventually takes to the pro ring on the ‘Rock and Rumble’ show on May 26.
However, despite the Sligo man’s best efforts to play down his arrival into the ring without the vest and the head guard there will irish fight fans, who remember his considerable talents and populate the fight venue as a result.
The respected Sligo big man, has no aspirations past registering a win on his debut, but Irish fight fans fortunate enough to remember the super heavy and heavyweight Irish champion will welcome a chance to see him in action again.
It should possibly be more the ‘Easy Listening and Rumble’ considering Reynolds, who is trained by brother Alan, is 37, but he going to registering a win so he can enjoy the May 26 party nonetheless.
“It is good to be back,” Reynold, who twice represented Ireland in the World Championships told www.irish-boxing.com.
“I am not interested in looking past this fight. It is a one fight at a time scenario. The way I look at it I am only back for this fight. I am looking forward to it. It will be fun to try the pro game. I never boxed three minute rounds. I fought four twos all the time, but I think the pro game is suited to me and my strengths.”
The Westerner is out of the game for 11 years now, but stayed involved as a coach in Ballinacarrow boxing club. He also competing in various master fights around the world and claims the experience of winning gave him a buzz for the game again.
“I tried to start a Masters league here but it didn’t work out. They have them in England and Australia and I fought on some of those. It was fighting there that gave me a hunger again. I am training hard and sparring my brother and I am really excited about fighting.”