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EU better believe it – Returning Kevin Cronin predicts European reign

Kevin Cronin [4(2)-0] is confident he will end a nightmare period and start a dream run to European title success in Manchester on Saturday night.

The Kerry fighter, who is up there with Anthony Cacace when it comes to unfortunate Irish fighters, has had more cancelled fights than he has had fights over the last year and a bit.

However, after a number of false dawns, The super middleweight is ready to shine bright over a prolonged period and predicts he will start a run to Europen title success with a win against the experienced Ryan Hibbert [2(1)-23(5)] this weekend.

The Tralee native fights for the first time in over 12 months on a Gary Booth and Manchester 31 Promotions card and believes people should be as excited about the prospect of him getting active and busy as he is.

“I’m buzzing to get back in there,” he tells Irish-boxing.com.

“It’s been a frustrating year with fights falling off and an injury but back and ready to push my career on.”

The well supported 26-year-old is confident he can kick on to the extent, he wins a title only 15 other Irish men have buckled around their waist, within two years.

The super middleweight prospect doesn’t just harbour European title dreams, ‘The Kingdom Warrior’ is adamant a Continental reign is in his future.

“I firmly believe I’ll be fighting for a European Title within 18months to two years.”

It’s a bold statement from a novice pro but Cronin believes he will have the chance to show why he is so confident before the year is out.

“People will see why I say that before the year Is out,” he adds amidst rumours of a fight with Robbie Burke in November.

“The thing is I don’t think people realise just how good I am in the ring when it comes down to it, so I think it’s time to step through the gears.”

The Munster man also revealed he isn’t feeling pressure or nerves as he ends his sabbatical. In fact, he suggests he has used the time off to good effect and comes back better than ever as a result.

“There are no crazy nerves to be honest,” he continues.

“We’ve put in a lot of work over the time out and I’m more confident than ever in my skill set.”


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