The straight talking Blanch boxer faces a tough test at the York Hall tomorrow night but is confident of victory and believes he will set up a massive 2019 by defeating Akeem Ennis Brown at the famous London venue live on BoxNation.
The Sydney-based fighter, who now trains out of Boston, is targeting a clash with managerial stablemate Mohammed Mimoune, who holds the lightly regarded IBO world title, next and believes victory in that one could open a pathway to the winner of the WBSS.
This season is currently approaching its semi-finals where, at light welter, Josh Taylor faces Ivan Barynchyk and Regis Prograis takes on Kiryl Relikh early in the new year before the grand final in the summer.
The winner will emerge with the WBA and IBF titles and Foley has his eye on these belts, whoever’s waist they may be around.
Currently ranked #5 with the WBA and hoping to get on the IBF ladder tomorrow by claiming their European rankings belt, the Fingal fighter wants to position himself well over the next few months.
Foley has been promised a fight with the controversial Ohara Davies should he defeat Ennis Brown but he is more keen to secure and world title shot than settle a domestic grudge.
Super Foley outlined how “my perfect plan for 2019 is to challenge the IBO champion Mohammed Mimoune. I want him – it should be an easy fight to make.”
“I’ll happily go to Paris and fight him in his back yard. That’s the fight I want and once I take the title from him and defend it, I’ll be perfectly placed for when the winner comes out of the World Boxing Super Series.
“If Mimoune wants to hold onto that belt for a little while longer, then I’d love to fight an eliminator for the WBA or IBF world titles. I’m ready for anyone and anything.”
Before he can fulfill his 2019 predictions the 30-year-old must first overcome the undefeated and highly-rated Ennis Brown but claims he is super fit and ready to do damage on live TV tomorrow.
Foley outlined how “I’m in super shape heading into this one. I’ve been in Boston working hard and I was in good shape even before I came out here. I’ve been sparring against bigger, stronger, heavier men and I’m learning every day.
“This is the second camp I’ve done out under Hector Bermudez. I also brought over my strength and conditioning coach so it’s been a perfect partnership between the two of them. Everything has been catered for and I’m raring to go.”
Foley, who won an abundance of titles Down Under, was handed the chance to impress British fight fans last time out, but saw what looked likely to be an entertaining scrap with Chris Jenkins cut short and ruled a technical draw after the Welsh fighter suffered a cut over the eye as early as round two.
The Dubliner was left disappointed but has vowed to kick on tomorrow versus Ennis Brown.
Foley admitted that “my last fight was frustrating. I felt like I was well on my way to victory before the technical draw. I felt like the rug was pulled from underneath me but that’s boxing.”
“I’ve no fear about being over-eager in this fight because of that; I’m a professional. The Chris Jenkins fight left a sour taste in my mouth but I’m looking forward to wiping that away on Friday night.”