If Tyrone McKenna [18(6)-1-1] is willing to fight then the famous Ulster Hall could be in for another famous night predicts Darragh Foley [17(9)-3-1].
The MTK counterparts will trade leather in a bout Foley has previously stated will go down as the greatest ever Dublin versus Belfast derby – and just over a week out from the clash he is sticking to that prediction.
The Australian based Blanch native is confident the light welterweights can produce ‘something incredible’ live on ESPN+ next Friday night.
“I’ll walk out to the middle of the ring and if he does the same, so be it. I think we could do something incredible in there and I’m just so excited,” says one Irish boxing’s best fight builders.
“This is the most exciting all-Irish title fight on paper for a long, long time and I’m up for creating history.”
A lot has been made of ‘home advantage’ in recent weeks and ‘Mighty Celt’, McKenna has warned his rival to be ready for a hostile reception.
However, ‘Super’ claims he isn’t worried and explains he will feed of the crowd vibe be it hostile or welcoming.
“I know he’s got a good following but it doesn’t matter. Noise is just noise and whether they’re singing for him or singing for me, I’ll feed off them.
“I’ll bring a good crowd of my own so it’ll be a tasty environment in there.”
The home element isn’t lost on Foley either. Next Friday’s #MTKFightNight represents his first fight as a pro in Ireland and he is keen to impress on his homecoming.
“This fight means a lot to me. I’ve never fought on Irish soil as a professional so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll prove to everyone what I’m about,” he adds before stressing he still has top level aspirations.
“I genuinely believe I can still go on to knock on the door of world level. I genuinely believe I’m a great fighter and I’m looking forward to showing everyone that on the night.”
Also on the bill is a WBO European light-heavyweight title fight between Steven Ward and Liam Conroy, while welterweights Paddy Gallagher and Liam Wells clash in an intriguing match-up.
The likes of Lewis Crocker, Taylor McGoldrick, Caoimhin Agyarko and Owen O’Neill make up a busy undercard.