He may be just 24 years old and have only four fights under his belt, but there is something very mature about Feargal McCrory.
The entertaining Coalisland fighter faces his first real test, and it is a big one, tomorrow night in Belfast, but McCrory is taking it all in his stride.
An intensely dedicated boxer, who is donating his ticket commission to a charity for Crohn’s and Colitis, McCrory feels ready for the step-up.
At The Devenish Complex tomorrow he will headline the bill in an eight-round title fight on the inaugural Kieran Farrell Promotions Belfast show.
His opponent? Liverpool’s Jay Carney [5(3)-1(0)-2], a Farrell-promoted fighter fresh off the back of an upset win on a Matchroom card and in line to face Olympian Joe Cordina on the Joshua-Klitschko Wembley undercard.
The well-supported Tyrone southpaw is enjoying being centre stage and told Irish-Boxing.com that “it comes with some added pressure and I’m learning from it, gaining experience from it, and I’m going to use it all going forward. I love it.”
The fight will see McCrory skip the six-round stage of development and go straight to eight. In addition, he will drop down to super featherweight from lightweight.
The changes have not posed the Ulsterman any problems, and he noted how “it’s been fine, with the more rounds comes more training so the weight hasn’t been much of an issue.”
“I made lightweight easily for my first four fights so the drop down was inevitable.”
It’s a big, big step up against ‘Bam Bam’ Carney, in a bout being billed by Farrell as a 50:50, but McCrory is not paying much heed to his increased standard of opposition
“I haven’t watched anything on him,” he freely admits. “I leave that to John [Breen] and Eamonn [Magee], they come up with the game plan.”
Giving his thoughts on the fight, McCrory knows it will be a hard one, but is fully confident that he will come out with the win following the toughest camp of his career.
McCrory outlined how “I see it being tough for a few rounds and then my boxing taking over, whatever he comes with, I’ll be more than ready.”
“I’ve hated every second of camp, it’s been gruelling every day but now it’s time to show the work and commitment I’ve put in this last few months.”
McCrory is sponsored by PK Murphy Construction, Set Build NI, Hagan’s Bar Dungannon and Fortress Fitness Dungannon.
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
The undercard tomorrow night will feature Mike Perez, Mark Morris, Sean McGlinchey Mathew Fitzsimons, Sean Magee, Sean Higginson, Gerard Healy, and Ronnie Clark.
Tickets are available from the boxers involved at the following prices:
£35 (unreserved seating)
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