Sink or Swim – Cillian Reardon ready to continue tough pro apprenticeship

Cillian Reardon [2(0)-0] is back in Dublin tonight for his third professional fight and a third test.

The Stillorgan middleweight boxes on the Assassin ‘Rise Again’ show at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght in what, he hopes, will be his last four rounder.

Matched progressively – in part due to late pull outs – Reardon fights tough Pole Michal Ciach on the big bill in what will be yet another bout where he is outsized by his opponent.

The Leinster Rugby Strength & Conditioning chef is an ambitious fighter and admits that his career path will be a bit different to most.

Reardon explained to how “I’m 31, I want to do something in this game that’s worth doing.”

“It’s a bit of a sink-or-swim scenario for me so I’m happy to progress faster.”

“I want to move on to six round fights. I plan for this to be my last four but I suppose it depends on the performance.”

Back in Dublin following a fight in London, the pensive southsider is making every fight count.

Due to his rugby connection, Reardon has attracted more attention than most novice pros. In addition to this, tonight, he will be accompanied into the ring by family friends Aslan.

It’s all good publicity for the Dubliner but his development is more than just ‘gimmicks’.

Eager to improve and build, Reardon noted how “I enjoyed my debut more than going over to the York Hall but I learnt a lot more there.”

“I made a mistake in the first round and got dropped but I recovered. In that way, I learnt a lot more than in my debut.”

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


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Joe O'Neill

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