The Crumlin BC graduate registered his second pro win on the ‘Celtic Clash 6’ undercard on Saturday night but it came 10 months after his debut victory.
A nose injury and subsequent surgery played a part in the lay off but the super featherweight doesn’t want to be waiting that long again and wants to get busy.
“I won’t be waiting that long again,” Metcalfe said after the fight.
“My nose was a set #back and that is why I was out. It’s straight back to business now.”
“One week off and straight back to the gym. I won’t let my weight go up again.”
“I think dropping that weight played a part in me tiring during this fight. I won’t let that happen again. I just want to be busy now.”
Metcalfe, whose brother Evan is National Elite bantamweight champion, had the definition of a learning fight at Good Counsel GAA Club in Drimnagh.
Krzysztof Rogowski provided the opposition and the tough journeyman certainly made the novice pro work for his win.
The Pole dragged Metcalfe into a war in the third and the Dubliner looked to have gassed only to summon a strong final round with spurts of real quality to ensure a 40-38 home win.
A roughed up and tired Metcalfe admits he had to bite down to get the win but was happier to win in such fashion claiming it will only help him moving forward.
“It was tough but I enjoyed it. He was some tough nut I smashed him in the head with everything and he came coming at me.He holds, he smashes you with his head, he knows every trick in the book. He is a seasoned pro and I learnt a lot from that fight.”
“I am improving everyday but in fights like that you improve a lot more. I think I tired before the end but I dug deep again and got the win.”
“Once you get the win that’s the main thing, no one can say anything then.”
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