Steve Collins Jr shook his head in disappointment when Tyrell Bates failed to beat the count the last time he took to the ring in Boston.
Having tasted the light heavyweight hopefuls power the American wanted out and all but gave up in round 1, Collins on the other hand wanted a fight and cut a frustrated figure despite stretching his unbeaten run to eight.
Collins is more confident Ralph Johnson [2(1)-6(2)] will provide him with the chance to work up a sweat when he fights on Murphy’s Boxing ‘The Memorial Series III’ show in Boston on Thursday night.
That, however hasn’t stopped The Wolfhound predicting a second consecutuve knock out and like Bates Collins believes Johnson won’t last the distance.
“I predict a knockout,” Collins told Irish-boxing.com.
” I was disappointed with my last fight because I had expected a good fight and not some guy who jumped out the as soon as you land leather. I’v watched my opponent and he is a good tall rangy fighter.”
Having had to wait the guts of a year for a bout- due to injury initially and then cancellations- Collins now has the chance to trade leather for the second times in tow months.
The 26 year old believes activity is key to his progression and is delighted to be out in America again.
“It’s great to busy and have fights lined up, they keep me busy so it helps with progression instead of waiting around. The experience of being in Boston is great, the Americans are brilliant fans, they just want to see you do well.”