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Aiden Metcalfe aims to make short-notice statement to shut-up Irish rivals

A late addition to the ‘Celtic Clash 7’ bill, Aiden Metcalfe [2(0)-0] is keen to take his opportunity and set up a big 2019.

The Crumlin super featherweight wants to get another win on the board before the year is out and is aiming to use the fight at Good Counsel GAA Club as a platform to domestic dust-ups.

Indeed, Metcalfe is especially keen to be fast-tracked into all-Irish fights having been involved in some verbals with the likes of Kildare’s Gary Cully.

With that in mind, the former champion amateur had no qualms about stepping in onto this weekend’s card. at relatively late notice

“I was dying to get back in,” Metcalfe admitted to Irish-Boxing.com before explaining his rationale.

“I’m 2-0, I’m dying to get this one out of the way, and then I’m going to go looking for the Irish lads because they all seem to be running their mouths now. There are names out there and I’m going to go looking for them.”

“This is going to be my last four, I’m going to move up to one six, and then straight into titles.

“That’s why I wanted to take this fight – I want to get this out of the way, then I’m going to look for an Irish fella, I’m going to beat him, then I’m going to look for an Irish title.”

“2019 is going to be my year, I’m going to be looking for an Irish title. Hopefully it will be a great year and I take over the pro scene.”

While he is looking for fights with fellow Irish prospects, this Saturday Metcalfe will go in with one of Ireland’s best ‘journeymen’.

The 23-year-old will face ‘The Belfast Spartan’ Alec Bazza [0-38(6)-3] and is hoping to put on a statement performance.

“I’ll feel him out in the first round but I’m looking to get rid of this fella and put a statement out there to the Irish lads that have been using my name and running their mouths,” declared Metcalfe

“I don’t really care, I’m just going to get in and do the business.”

“It’s been sort of a slow start for me so far and this is where I want to show my skill. I haven’t shown my skill yet.”

Metcalfe’s two fights so far saw him edge past experienced Poles Damian Lawniczak and Kryzstof Rogowski but he has been left disappointed by the narrow wins.

He hopes to show something different on Saturday noting that “my heart’s there, and I’m winning the fights, but the way I’ve been boxing, that’s not me. I’m making hard work of the easy guys.”

“I should be dancing around that ring and making a joke of them, that’s the way I boxed as an amateur”

“I’m not sure what it is, since I’ve turned over it hasn’t been me.”

“I think it’s nerves, maybe, that buzz you get when you’re in the dressing room but I don’t know what it is.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie