HE has had eight fights since making his debut 4 years in ago, but Darren Cruise claims pro life only really only started in 2014.
The Rosscomon super middleweight made his Belfast debut after two years away from the game and the fighter, who is predicting a big 2015, says he views that as the start of new career.
The 5-3 puncher has returned under the guidance of Belfast promoter manager Mark Dunlop and suggests the match up is one of those made in heaven. Indeed Cruise stresses he would have been a lot higher up the career ladder if he had worked with Dunlop earlier.
“To be honest 2014 in my eyes is the start of my pro career. I’ve signed with in my opinion one of the best managers out there in Mark Dunlop. He really has the boxers best interests at heart,” Cruise told Irish-boxing.com
“If I’d had Mark behind me when I first turned pro who knows where I’d be, but unfortunately I had to take stupid fights at stages in my career that I wasn’t ready for. That happened because I hadn’t the right person behind me. I’m soon 25 and I’m not a kid anymore. I’m hitting the hardest I have ever done, I have the right team behind me and believe me this is my year.”