The Kildare featherweight endured a 27 month break from fighting, with shoulder injuries and a lack of opportunities stunting his progress. Now however he is approaching his third fight in four months and Phelan is feeling back to his best.
The Newbridge man boxes on the Red Corner Promotions ‘For Honour and Pride’ card at the National Stadium this Saturday and believes that fans will start to sit up and take notice now that he is firing on all cylinders.
The Celtic Warriors man told Irish-Boxing.com that “I feel like I’m getting back to where I was before the lay-off.”
“I’m feeling great and a lot sharper. I’ve settled in really well with Paschal [Collins], things are coming together nicely with sparring and pads.”
“I’m trying to take in everything he tells me. I’m listening and learning well, and really enjoying it.”
On his comeback in February he outpointed Johnson Tellez before stopping Dawid Knade on the Celtic Clash 3 bill last month. On Saturday he faces ultra-durable Manchester journeyman Jamie Quinn [2(0)-40(1)-2].
Describing his improvements, Phelan notes how “I’m more relaxed between now and the first one. First one was about getting the rust off and getting the rounds in.”
“Now it’s all about getting in, looking good, and showing people what I’m all about, I’m sure they will notice the difference come Saturday night.”
“I’ve not seen much [of Quinn]. I saw a small clip on him. He’s durable and he doesn’t get stopped so that will be good.”
“Looking forward to getting in and see how it goes.”
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The card on Saturday also features Irish title fights between Luke Keeler and Darren Cruise at middleweight and Stevie Collins and Paddy McDonagh at light heavyweight as well as appearances from Chris Blaney, Ray Moylette, Victor Rabei,, Thomas Finnegan, and Craig O’Brien.
Tickets for the June 24th show cost €40 (general) and €60 (ringside) and are available from the boxers involved.
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