Michael Corr’s face may look familiar to hardened boxing fans, not because they have watched him in ring action, but more likely because they have sat beside him ringside.
The teen is a boxing enthusiast and regular as a spectator at shows of every size, particularly across Belfast.
Now he gets the chance to turn from fan to participant as he has signed pro terms with Boxing Ireland.
The 18-year-old’s signing isn’t some sort of gimmick from the men behind the Celtic Clash, nor has Corr won some sort of competition to fight, Boxing Ireland and Dennis Morrison in particular have been impressed by his in ring capabilities.
The Belfast youngster, who will look to campaign around super bantamweight, doesn’t come to the pro game with massive amateur experience, but has boxed in the vest and has hardened ‘semi pro’ experience.
In fact Boxing Ireland believe he has a grounding that will enable him to move quickly and see a BUI Celtic title in the not too distant future.
“I’ve been watching Mick for a few years now. He’s had a lot of success on the “semi-pro” circuit. Then he got in touch with us last year when he was just 17 eager to turn pro. I advised him to keep training and building his experience and come back and we can speak about after he turned 18, which he has done,” Morrison explained when speaking to Irish-boxing.com.
“He boxed on a number of Marty Kayes shows and won a few IBA semi pro titles. So his transition from amateur to pro is sort of there already. As he is at one of the lighter weight categories we can move him along quickly. He is not afraid to get in there with anyone so I’m sure after he beds himself into the pro scene he will quickly move on to a Celtic title fight.”