Dubliner looking to shine in Manchester

8 April 2011 – Jonny Stapleton

Irish prospect of the Year Jamie Kavanagh cannot wait to showcase his talents to the Irish public for the first time on the undercard of fellow country man Paul McCloskeys WBA light-welterweight title fight challenge to stable mate Amir Khan.

The Freddie Roach-trained Dubliner travels to Manchester to fight outside America for the first time, but believes his MEN Arena clash will be like a home bout due to the massive Irish contingent. As result the fighter tipped by the greatest trainer in the world to go all the way is determined to put on a show.

The fluent Spanish speaking Golden Boy fighter knows that recording paid win number six is his primary objective but he sees no reason why he cant achieve that via the style route.

It will be great to be fighting in front of a great Irish crowd. A lot of people are coming to the fight so it will be like a home crowd. Maybe it adds a little bit of pressure, but that is a good thing for me. Any fight I have in front of friends and family always adds a bit more pressure, but pressure isnt always a bad thing, Kavanagh told Mirror Sport from his temporary Manchester base.

I am in there to do a job first and make sure I come away with a win, but I will try and put on a show along the way for the Irish fans.

Kavanaghs opponent is yet to be named but is rumoured to be Sid Razak, and The Nuisance is confident he can cause the journey man trouble. The former Crumlin amateur also revealed Bolton native Khan is in great shape and that he would love to upgrade from supporting big show to topping them.

I am full of confidence. The guy I am fighting has a lot more fights than me and is a tough journeyman, but its another test for me and one I think I can pass. Khan looks is looking great and very sharp. He is bringing the training down now and cutting the rounds but he will be ready come fight night. It is every fighters dream to fight on the top of such and bill especially defending a world title in your home town. I cant wait to do it, he added before commenting on who he favours to win.

Amir is my friend and stable mate. I know of Paul but I dont know him personally. A lot of people have asked me that question and the answer is the same. I have my own fight to worry about.

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