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Business as usual for Steve Collins ahead of another U.S. fight night

Celtic Warriors Gym puncher Steve Collins fights this Saturday night in Lewiston, Maine, against Jose Humberto Corral. Ahead of the bout with the veteran Mexican, Collins spoke of his excitement to return to the U.S. for a third successive fight, and promises that it will be business as usual in New England.

Unlike his eight opponents to date, Corral is coming to the ring with a bit of confidence and swagger, and will be targetting an upset, however ‘The Wolfhound’ told irish-boxing.com that this “means nothing.”

“There is no difference to my previous fights and opponents.

“I’m a professional and I am going into this fight just looking to put on a good show.”

The six-round bout at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée was intended to be another step on Collins’s journey from muscle-bound rugby player to light-heavyweight puncher, however the Dubliner explained that he wont be straining to shed the pounds for this fight.

“I came in at 182lbs for my last bout and I was planning to be at 180lbs for this one but we got a call earlier in the week to say yer man is nowhere near that weight and is up around 190lbs.”

“At them moment I’m less than 190lbs so I’ll be able to have food and weigh in in my clothes on Friday.”

The trip down the scales hasn’t particularly affected Collins either, who admits that “I’m feeling no different – I can maybe last longer.”

“Only difference is whereas I was facing cruiserweights, I’m now fighting light heavyweights and my power becomes more of a factor, I’ve three knockouts in a row now.”

Saturday will be Collin Jr’s third Statesdie fight in three months, and the 26 year old is enjoying his transatlantic jaunts, explaining how “their small shows are like our big shows.”

“It’s louder, it’s great, they love to get behind you.”

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