Darren Cruise was ‘devastated’ he failed to realise his Irish title dream when he fought JJ McDonagh early this month, but does feel he has proved the doubters wrong.
The Rosscommon native lost out to the Westmeath southpaw by a single point after 10 all action rounds at the K2 Leisure Centre on the ninth of this month.
Considering he had beaten Cruise and the fact the Solider had lost to other domestic rivals in the past McDonagh was favourite going into the super middleweight title fight.
However, Cruise, who is now targeting a middleweight title tilt, claims his performance in proof he is better than his record suggests and he is more than capable of competing with the best in the country.
“It was a complete war for 10 rounds the result really was a toss of a coin credit to JJ he’s a top fighter and a true warrior. I hit him with everything I had,I was devastated to lose such a close fight,” Cruise told Irish-boxing.com.
“I trained incredibly hard for the fight and I really felt it was my time, but that’s boxing. I’ll be back stronger. People wrote me off in the fight, thinking it was going to be an easy night for JJ, but I think I’ve proved to people that I am also a top fighter and I can compete at that level.”