Craig O’Brien refuses to be depressed about lack of fights

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Dublin light middleweight Craig O’Brien [3(0)-0] could be forgiven for feeling disillusioned with boxing.

The stylish inner-city boxer hasn’t fought so far in 2016, however he refuses to be disheartened and is looking to get back into the ring this Autumn.

‘The Iron’ has been ticking over in Paschal Collins’s Celtic Warriors Gym in recent months and spoke to about his current situation, noting how “it’s a year in September since I boxed last, it’s not good.”

“The first year was great, the first eight months was great with three fights in eight months, it just didn’t work out to have another three.”

“But this is boxing, I’m still only 26, 27 in October.”

“I’m not feeling down about it or anything.”

“I’ve been keeping up, sparring, pad-work, training hard out here in Celtic Warriors.”

“I’m out here and I’m pushing and training hard, I know something good will come out of it.”

O’Brien has his eye on the upcoming and rumoured Red Corner and FS Promotions shows, and revealed that “the plan now obviously is, hopefully, I’ll push the promoters to get me on them shows.”

The cheerful Dub admits that training hard can’t replicate actual fight experience, but he is still thankful for his current situation. O’Brien described how “It’s great to have a fight date where you’re 110% tuned in, but when you haven’t got a fight date and you’re out here and you’re around it all and you’re in the gym and you’re around boxing people, it’s good.”

“It’s worse when you’re sitting at home feeling depressed and doing nothing, but I’m not, I’m enjoying it still.”

Joe O'Neill

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