‘Everyone is a possibility’ Padraig McCrory open to all comers

Padraig McCrory [10(4)-0] is open to all comers including Darren O’Neill and Kevin Cronin [2(1)-0].

Olympian, O’Neill put his name forward to fight ‘The Hammer’ on an all Irish July show that MTK are hopeful of staging behind closed doors.

The BUI Celtic super middleweight champion is one of the fighters Jamie Conlan said would appear if it’s safe to run to the show – and opponents are being considered.

Kerry’s Kevin Cronin is rumoured to be in pole position to man the away corner and O’Neill has offered a high profile option.

No decision has been made as of yet and the Dee Walsh trained fighter just wants an opponent that will help him progress along the lines he has to date.

“Everyone is a possibly,” he told Irish-boxing.com. “Its about what we want as a team and what fight is best for us. [I just want] a fight that I think is right for my career.”

Speaking to Irish-boxing.com on the O’Neill call out he said, “I can totally see Darren’s reason for looking to fight me. He’s coming on 35 and his plans have been serious changed because of the current situation, so I seem to be his only choice as things stand.”

Cronin, who like O’Neill resides at light heavy has been the name churned out by the boxing rumour mill.

McCrory claims he hasn’t heard of the Boxing Ireland being a possible opponent, but didn’t distance himself from that fighter either.

“It’s the first I’ve heard of him being an option,” responds the popular puncher when asked about Cronin. “But last I seen he was saying he’s coming down to super middle so why could it not be made at that?”

There has been a lot of talk about the purposed July show. Debate as to the line has been rife and call outs are starting to creep out.

However, as McCrory points out nothing has been officially confirmed.

“I’ve been told to stay ready for a show, but its still up in the air at the minute. Nothing has been confirmed,” he adds before commenting how he is coping day to day with lockdown.

“I just have to follow the guidelines and control the controllables. I will tackle each hurdle as they come.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com