Derry middleweight Sean McGlinchey will be keeping a close eye on this weekend’s Irish middleweight title fight.
Darren Cruise and Luke Keeler trade leather for the strap on what promises to be an exciting Red Corner Show in the National Stadium this Saturday night and McGlinchey claims he will make the winner a target.
‘Mummy’s Bhoy’ would have aspirations to achieve beyond domestic level and few would be surprised to see he has Irish title hopes early in his career.
However, most would have previously assumed that the fighter, who pushed his record to 2-0 with another entertaining and ultimately winning display against Dan Blackwell on Saturday, would be gunning for honours at super middle.
The fighter himself thought as much, but having weighed in at 164lbs on Friday is adamant he will be a middleweight champion and will put the winner of Keeler v Cruise on his wish list.
“I am available to fight any time if anyone is looking. I am training away with Glenn [McCrory] all the time so I am ready,” he told Irish-Boxing.com.
“When I am at title level it will be at middle. People keep saying super middle maybe because I said it at the start, but it will be middle. I weighed in at 11’10, I can do 11’6 no problem now, so the Irish title at middleweight is my first target.”
“It might be down the line, but I will be keeping a close eye on the Irish title fight next weekend. The winner might have a defence and give me time to get the rounds up and then next year I would like that fight.”
McGlinchey was speaking after he shut out the experienced Dan Blackwell. The English fighter is from the journeyman band of fighters, but always provides a good fight
The Foyleside fighter took on the well-traveled Trowbridge man was happy enough with his performance and the high paced four rounds.
“Blackwell has 69 fights, he has a lot of loses but it doesn’t take away from the fact he is tough. He has only been stopped once in all those fights so he knows his way around the ring.”
“It was a good fight I enjoyed it. I thought I was more controlled than on my debut. I was working off my jab more.”
“On my debut I was looking for the knockout this time I was looking for the knockout to come to me. I was using the jab and waiting for the shots rather than going looking for it.”
“He has a good guard and you have to put a lot of power in your shots to get through it and work the body. He is not the strongest person to land on me, but he does come back and offload, so you have to be wary. If you weren’t expecting that he would have power to knock you out.”
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