Good vibrations- Duffy learnt a key ingredient to success

When Owen Duffy talks of the importance of good vibrations reverberating around the pre fight dressing room he doesn’t mean putting the famous Beach Boys song on full blast.
Duffy became Cavan’s first pro boxer since former European lightweight title challenger Andy Murray hung up his gloves when he stopped Antoni Hristov back in March.

Pre an impressive debut the southpaw seemed as excited about the prospect of learning on the job as he did securing victory, keen to experience the pro game and take what he could from what he felt might be a tricky four rounds.

However, he dispatched the Bulgarian within one, showing power he admitted surprised himself and producing the kind of performance people suggest is good for raising confidence rather than fight know how levels.

Yet Duffy still managed to take something from the debut experience that he believes will be beneficial throughout his career.

Not the most obvious thing to note, but the light middleweight claims he learnt the value of surrounding yourself with positive vibes before you make the lonely walk into battle.

“Something we may never think of as fighters but having a positive environment and team, along with good vibes all round you back stage before your fight. You seen it in Carl Framptons dressing room in Windsor. It makes a big difference,” Duffy answered when quizzed as to what he learnt from his debut.

“In terms of the t fight i cant reflect on anything specific. It was an ideal beginning from the fight to the support,  my coach Barry O’Meara and myself know what I personally need to work on since then. We are now looking forward to testing it out on October 6th.”

Duffy returns to ring on the stacked Rise Again card in the National Basketball Arena against a yet to be confirmed opponent and is as excited about bout two as he was his debut.

“I am delighted to be able to part of this card. It’s going to be a great night of boxing. In a top quality venue,” he added before claiming he feels sharper and a lot more confident ahead of his Tallaght clash.

“I have had a great camp for this fight.  I should be in a great position all round. I have kept myself on top of training every week since debut in March incase an opportunity arose. The new things Barry has been slowly bringing in into my training is starting to work well and I am feeling a lot more confident going into this one.

“I’ve got no word from the boss on my opponent yet. Style wise I try never think that far to be honest. I deal with it when it comes. Level wise, I don’t mind it’s why we prepare for these fights. I’ve had top spars with the likes of Spike O’Sullivan, Conor Benn, Steve Collins jr, Cillian Reardon, Craig O’Brien, Niall O’Connor, John Joyce and Dylan Moran. I honestly can’t complain, just keep ticking over and make weight is my main focus now till word back on opponent.”

While the he manner of his debut win, a one minute stoppage, caught the eye as Duffy graced the ring for the first time as a pro, his support caught the ear.

‘The Butcher’ brought a sizable support from Cavan and further afield and he wants to give them more to shout about in the National Bastketball Arena next month.

“I think I was more intimidated by the support that night walking out into the ring,” he joked.

“No the support was something else, I am lucky to come from a town like Shercock and have the neighbouring towns like Carrickmacross, Kingscourt, Baileboro and so on around. I should also give a  big shoutout to the ones who traveled from Northern Ireland, London, Kildare and further afield to make it that night! They’ve all been so good to me from my amatuer boxing days right up to the pro game. If the support is near as good as that time March, we’re guaranteed a good night’s craic.”


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