After announcing his decision to turn pro, the big Tipperary favourite spent just under a year ‘acclimatising’ his physique and style to paid punching under Virgil Hunter before making his debut.
A debut win over Jonathan Rice came in January of this year, but visa issues slowed down the former amateur standout’s progress and a number of proposed fight dates never materialised.
The heavyweight prospect has since moved from Hunter to Peter Fury as well as linking up with MGM, and has fought twice in a matter of weeks. Even more impressively, the second of the quickfire bouts was a scheduled eight rounder, which means ‘The Bomb’ is now title eligible.
Sheehan will have his fourth pro fight in Leicester in two weeks time and looks set to be included on the Belfast Boxnaiton November 5th show.
In keeping with the rapid progression theme, Sheehan has been linked with a possible title fight on that November date and claims he is more than willing to challenge for a title, perhaps the Irish belt, in his first pro fight on home soil.
“Of course. Why not?” Sheehan responded to Irish-boxing.com when quizzed about a title shot on the November 5th card.
“I’d love to be picking up my first pro title on November 5th. I am more than ready.”
Sheehan is title eligible due to the fact he was scheduled to fight over eight rounds in his last bout. The clash itself lasted less the three minutes as Radek Varak became the big man’s first stoppage victim.
The brief nature of the bout means the top Tipp fighter has still only boxed four rounds at any one sitting, but he is adamant he can handle eight, or indeed 10 if he does secure an Irish title shot.
“Eight rounds is absolutely no problem. No problem whatsoever. I have no doubts. The longer the fight the better for me,” he continued.
Saturday night in Manchester saw Sheehan make irrelevant the judges for the first time as he registered his first stoppage.
While he claims he didn’t go out with the intention of an early night, he admits power has been something Peter Fury has been working on.
“It’s always nice to get the stoppage, but in all honesty I wasn’t looking for it. I hurt him with a body shot, when I seen he was hurt I just went to work and seized the chance.”
“We have been working a lot on power, but it was always there. It’smore a matter of sitting down and turning shots over. Of course, if a guy opens up a bit more, I am going to hit him with a lot of different shots from different angles so the KO is more likely.”