Gary Sweeney thankful for boxing brother’s guidance ahead of Irish debut

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Gary Sweeney [2(2)-0] will finally make his Irish debut tomorrow night in Belfast on the Boxnation ‘Homecoming’ show – and believes that with brother and trainer Michael he can reach the top of the sport.

‘The Gallant’ is being guided in the pros by his older sibling, and the 22 year old feels that the brotherly bond they share is a winning combination.

Sweeney spoke to Irish-Boxing.com ahead of his fight tomorrow at the Titanic Exhibition Centre and explained how, while Michael is inexperienced as a coach, his life experience will prove invaluable.

“He’s not going to throw me into the deep end like he was when he was a boxer. I’ve a lot of trust in Michael, I believe in him and he believes in me which is the main ”

“Training camp has gone well, the weight is good.”

“I got the head together, I had no choice, if I want to be World champion then that’s what I’ve got to do.”

“Everything’s coming together, I feel good.”

The Ballinrobe fighter is delighted to be back fighting in Ireland following two quick wins in England and described how “it feels great, it’s good for the friends and family to come see me box, I’m looking forward to it now, I’m excited.”

While he didn’t think he was a major puncher, Sweeney has found some pop since entering the pros and will be looking for another early victory against Polish knockout artist Jarek Prusak [8(8)-1(1)]. He admitted that “I’m better in the pros than I was in the amateurs. I wouldn’t have had a lot of knockouts in the amateurs but in the pros it’s just different.”

“I’m confident of the win… I don’t know if it will go to the scorecards but I’m confident of the win anyway.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie