Cruising toward Irish title-Cruise full of confidence and wants domestic strap

THE rehabilitation process is over and confidence has never been higher claims Darren Cruise.

The Roscommon puncher now wants to bring the Irish title back to his home county before the year is out.

The 25 year old super middleweight enjoyed a mixed start to pro life, three early wins were followed by three straight defeats. A year plus sabbatical from the game followed before he was tempted back into the ring by MHD boss Mark Dunlop and Cruise claims he hasn’t looked back.

The solider has three straight wins under his belt, has impressed with his skill set and will be looking to further improve his record when he makes a ‘step up’ on the Dee Day June 6 card. And once he banks another win Cruise will be pressing for the Irish title be it at middleweight or super middleweight.

The Castlerea native is determined to buckle a green strap around his waist before the year is out.

“At the moment I’m building my record. After this fight providing I get the win I will be 7-3. It is all starting to come together for me now with Mark as my manager. I have regular shows, I have dates in advance, which is great and as a result of all that my confidence is sky high. I go into this fight on the back of three good wins and three good performances,” Cruise told

“I will be stepping up on June 6 against an opponent yet to be confirmed officially, but it will be a step up. I am training very hard in Galway under the guidance of Pawel Popko, who is a brilliant coach.

“I think I am closing in on an Irish title shot. I am hoping it will happen this year and I am willing to fight for the middle or super middleweight title. I am looking for big fights this year my main goal is to bring the irish title back to Roscommon before the year is out.”


Integral part of the Irish boxing community for over 13 years