Gary Sweeney planning knockout Irish debut

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It might be one of the biggest clichés in boxing, but you don’t get paid for overtime.

Not only that, having a reputation a knockout puncher is a sure-fire way to get noticed.

Connacht cruiser Gary Sweeney [2(2)-0] heads into his Irish debut next weekend with that mantra ringing in his ears.

‘The Gallant’ is in four round action on the Belfast Boxnation show on November 5th and states in no uncertain terms that he will be going for a knockout at the Titanic Exhibition Centre.

Sweeney described how “a points win would be okay, I suppose, but I’ll definitely be going for the knockout, keep that buzz going.”

“I’m a big banger who’s been stopping kids with one punch since I was just 13 or 14 years old. I like to trade punches. I’m not afraid to mix it.”

“I always guarantee a good show.”

“I’m super excited about making my Irish debut as a professional. All my friends and family from Mayo will be along to support me so it’s going to be brilliant.”

In terms of what’s next, 22 year old Sweeney is in no rush – however the Ballinrobe banger does harbour Irish, and even World, title dreams.

“A fight for the Irish title in about two years time would be realistic but for the next 12 months I’ll just concentrate on developing my pro style and building my record then see what happens.”

“Ultimately, I intend finishing up with a nice bank balance and a world title.”

Joe O'Neill

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