The Canadian lightweight of Dublin descent is aiming to stretch his unbeaten record further against another tough foe when he takes on Hungarian Olympian Norbert Kalucza [11(6)-1(0)] over eight rounds at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.
Kalucza, who lost last time out to Welsh champion Dai Davies, competed at the 2008 Olympics, losing to Puerto Rico’s two-time World title challenger McWilliams Arroyo.
27 year old O’Connell respects his opponent’s amateur pedigree, however he believes that he has prepared adequately. The Red Deer scrapper described how “I have certainly taken Kalucza’s Olympic experience seriously during training camp and factored it into my regimen. This whole camp has been tailored to him.”
“His resume, on the other hand, doesn’t bother us. We train to fight the best in the world.”
“On my way up I’m going to meet tough, experienced opponents. It’s the only way to advance in this sport.”
O’Connell elaborated on how “training camp for me and my team has been perfect. Its been a lot of hard work as always, but I feel better and more prepared for this fight than any of my previous fights.”
“I am always fighting an injury of some sort and this camp has been flawless. I’ve had no injuries to work around”.
“My camp has lined up with the camps of several very talented local fighters, making it possible for me to get some great sparring. My timing has never been this good and I feel amazing coming into this bout.”
“We have peaked and I feel on September 9 no one in the world could beat me.”
The title-chasing Alberta lightweight also took the time to thank all those who have supported him throughout his career, outlining how “I have been supported loyally by Rob’s Pro Muscle and Tanning, X-Static Night Club, and Versa-Line Services. I couldn’t be more thankful for them being behind me this whole journey.”
“My team has always supported me. I’ve got some of the best coaches out there in Doug Bolianatz, Robert Carswell, and Roman Rzepkowski.”
“Most of all, I have been supported by my family through all the trials and tribulations. All of them have never swayed from being the best family I could ask for. My wife Tiffany O’Connell not only has been taking care of our beautiful daughter Jayla while I have been training, but also pushes me out of bed to get in every training session I am scheduled to complete.”