Greene not envious of favourites
Ryan Greene believes his very own ’Big Bang’ can help him emulate the last Irish Prizefighter winner Willie ’Big Bang’ Casey this weekend.
A Prizefighter victory helped transform the Limerick super bantamweight from four fight novice to European champion in under a year and Greene hopes to launch himself from relatively obscurity to noted pug starting this weekend.
The Lurgan middleweight thinks he has the power to make an impact on the massive Kings Hall show.
The 28 year old has at some stage sent each of his five opponents crashing to the canvas and hopes to add three more to the list on the Sky Sports most viewed boxing show.
“I am happy to be involved. There is a chance of achieving something great and to fight some great fighters. I would be a bit of an unknown quantity, but I like that. There isn’t as much pressure for me compared to Eammon O’Kane or Anthony Fitzgerald or those bigger names. On the other hand if you look at Willie Casey no one knew him before he was in Prizefighter. Frampton beat him as an amateur then he bang he wins Prizefighter and it shoots his career up. His style suited that format. The same thing could happen to me. I can bang. Everyone of my opponents have hit the deck. Part of my arterially is my punch,” Greene enthused.
The Prizefighter tournament is boxing’s FA Cup equivalent. Not just because there is a trophy to be joyously raised above the victors head, but because it’s provides a similar platform for sporting romance.
The all action knockout tournament breeds Rocky stories, a point not lost on Greene.
“My wife is pregnant and expecting in June so I don’t know if she will go or not. She is talking about staying at home so it’s a bit like a Rocky Story that way with Adrian staying home. I am looking forward to it. I can’t wait the buzz is building.”
There is an air of familiarity surrounding the first ever All Irish Prizefigher that has never existed before. The Irish boxing family is close knit. The six degrees of separation certainly doesn’t apply in a world where most have shared experiences.
Greene has shared the ring with three of his fellow contestants in sparring, but is adamant sparring counts for nothing come this Saturday.
“Eammon O’Kane, Anthony Fitzgerald and Joe Rea I have had the pleasure of sharing the ring with. I believe in my mind I done very well against them, but sparring counts for nothing. If you have the head guards of and go into the ring you are a gladiator. Your friends hats are off and you are there to have a go.”
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