Darragh Foley is going to teach Brandon Ogilvie a lesson for speaking out of school in the build up to their massive WBA Oceania lightweight title fight this weekend.
The New South Wales and Australian champ isn’t one for mincing his words and, like the man they call ‘Brilliant,’ isn’t afraid of some verbal sparring.
Indeed, so verbally adept is the 27 year old Australian-based Dubliner, that comparisons have been made between himself and one Conor McGregor.
However, Foley is determined to back up his pre-fight talk against the World rated Ogilvie (14-1) in Sydney this weekend. He has promised to make the Australian fighter eat words he spouted during pre-fight interviews suggesting the Irish fighter’s chatter was to mask a lack of confidence.
Speaking to www.aus-boxing.com ahead of the battle of the superlatives, ‘Super’ versus ‘Brilliant’, Foley said
“The outcome on Saturday has already been pre-determined, I will simply reap what I have sowed.
“Sometimes these opponents forget they actually have to stand across the ring from me donned in eight ounce gloves. They have to battle after they sign the contract and they get a bit caught up,”
“There is nowhere to hide, I am coming straight for him. He will be punished for his words.”
A victory for Foley on March 12th at Olympic Park in Sydney will see him claim a strap Dennis Hogan used to secure a World ranking an ultimately a WBA interim title shot.
Respected and vaunted 22 year old Ogilvie stands between him and buckling the strap around his waist. Reports from Australia suggest it’s not an easy bout, but Foley is confident and doesn’t want to cheat his way into the World top 15.
“I shouldn’t be praised for taking on all comers. As a professional boxer, this is my duty. I think I have set the benchmark in this country – and it’s good to see others follow suit – this is what will grow boxing in Australia,” he added.
With Gearoid Clancy and Paddy Murphy also appearing on the bill there should be a large Irish crowd at the fight night- and Foley claims he will tap into energy they bring.
“Absolutely, and I get asked this question a lot and I can’t quite put my finger on what it is,” he said when asked about the following.
“But their energy and passion just drives me. We’re a million miles from home, taking on the world together.”