Francy Luzoho feels Martin Quinn has made a big mistake


It was all smiles at the press conference but Francy Luzoho [1(1)-0] claims he will make Martin Quinn regret offering him a chance to fight while making the TG4 viewers grateful they got to see him in action come March 30th.

Indeed, the Dublin light welter promises that he will be even better in the second big fight of his fledgling career.

The Steven O’Rourke-trained switch hitter caught the eye before and during a debut he promised would be the greatest Irish boxing had ever seen on last year’s ‘Rise Again’ card.

An all-action, brilliantly executed ring walk was equalled only by an in ring performance of similar quality from the likeable Luzoho.

Having talked the talk, the Irish-Congolese character strutted the walk, stopping Sam Jones, an Englishman with six wins and one defeat to his name, in his pro bow. 

It was performance that earned the new-to-the-scene fighter massive plaudits, but one which can be massively improved on – so claims Luzoho himself.

Indeed, the Assassin Promotions operator claims he was disappointed with his pro debut and warns former amateur rival Quinn [2(1)-1(0)] that he is going to improve a million-fold by they time they fight at the National Stadium next month.

“In the first fight I wasn’t happy the way performed,” Luzoho told Irish-Boxing.com.

“You said it in your fight report, I came out and was on him straight away. I went out there and I wanted to stop yer man. They say don’t go looking for the stoppage, but it was my debut and I literally went looking for it.”

“I wasn’t happy with that. I can box a million times better than that. I am very skillful, slippery, but I let my other side take over. I let the aggressive and strong side come out, which is sometimes good, but other times not good. So myself and Steven have stripped things back and we worked on things I have neglected.”

With improvements to be made, Luzoho is confident of victory on the ‘Clash of the Titans’ card despite stepping up to six rounds and into an all-Irish fight in what is just his second pro outing.

In fact, the 23-year-claims he can’t lose and will make the Crumlin BC graduate, who himself is an entertainer and a talker, regret signing the fight contract.

“He has made a massive mistake picking me. I hate to say but he will lose this fight. There is no way in hell I am losing this fight. That’s a fact. I have worked too hard for this, missed so much, just to be beat? Not a chance.”

While he is promising to deliver in the ring, the St Michael’s Inchicore puncher has also vowed to build on his debut ring entrance.

Last time out there were masks, flags, a severed head, an entourage, a party atmosphere and possibly the first ever performer, Rablo Luccii, to successfully rap a fighter to the ring.

You would have to go all-out Prince Naseem to go bigger, but that’s exactly what Luzoho plans to do, promising more entertainment for the TV viewers and those in attendance.

“I am looking forward to this. I am going to do another amazing entrance. Trust me, you are going to be surprised. It’s going to be WWE. It will be an amazing entrance and amazing fight and it will go down in history. The fans will love it.”

The bells and whistle approach and the confident talk could all set Luzoho up for a big fall, particularly as he faces an equally hungry fighter and a puncher of some note in Quinn.

However, the Blanch boxer seems only to happy to pressure on himself claiming it helps him perform.

“When I am given an opportunity or put under pressure that is when I step up,” he continues.

Luzoho also suggests Quinn is the type of name and talent, and TG4 the kind of platform, that will enable him to move his career forward and keep his ‘Irish History’ promise – and for the chance, he is grateful.  

“I think it was three weeks ago Conor [Slater, Assassin Promotions] text me and said we got offered Martin Quinn and I just started licking my lips. I just got handed the golden ticket.”

“I said it from the start, I do plan to go down in Irish history. This is going to be a great fight. I think it’s going to be fight of the year because we are both going to come forward. Like I said, Conor [Slater] handed me the golden ticket. He knows how hard I work, how hard I train, he knows I don’t mess about.”

“I have to say a massive thanks to Assassin and Boxing Ireland for putting me on this show. After the debut I was looking for another show to come to Dublin and now I get to start the year with a bang.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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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