‘He doesn’t have to lie’ – Luzoho tells Quinn to admit he is a fan

Francy Luzoho has told Martin Quinn it’s okay to be truthful and admit he was impressed by St Michael man’s debut.

Luzoho surprised a host of people by agreeing to enter the pro ranks with a fight against the then undefeated Sam Jones and shocked even more with the manner in which he stopped his more experienced English foe.

However, his opponent in an eagerly anticipated March 30th TG4 broadcast clash claims all he remembers from his former amateur foe”s debut was an extravagant ring walk.

In fairness the only ever rapped ring walk to work decorated by masks, flags and a severed head was something anyone who witnessed it wasn’t going to forget, but Luzoho is adamant Quinn was impressed with happenings during the fight not just those proceeding it.

“We all know that’s a lie,” Luzoho says of Quinn’s comments.

“He dosen’t have to lie to people and say that’s all me remembers is my entrance. Don’t kid the people Martin tell the truth there’s no shame in it,” he adds before commenting on suggestions by his opponent that there differing experience in the realm of six rounders will be a factor.

“That his opinion we will see on the night. God knows I worked extremely hard for this. I left no stone unturned we will see on the night if a six rounder is a problem for me.”

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While the new to the scene talent was quick to hit back at perceived Quinn jibes there is no major bad blood between the pair.

Indeed, Luzoho has respect for what the Crumlin BC graduate brings to the ring this Saturday.

“Quinn as a fighter, to me, is a tough lad. He is a come forward kind of boxer and likes a good war, but he is not a bad boxer either.”

Quinn does represent an early step up for Luzoho. Not only does the Assassin fighter move up to six rounds in just his second fight he goes into All Irish action and a TV fight earlier than usual.

The Steven O’Rourke-trained fighter argues against suggestions it’s too much too soon, but also doesn’t believe he will receive credit for being adventurous during the embryonic stages of what he believes will be a special career.

“No not at all,” he says when asked too much too soon queries.

“This is what I wanted. It’s another good fight, a learning fight to better me as a boxer and improve my record. It will move me up the ladder and toward a belt down the line.:

“I don’t think I’ll get credit. In my last fight I didn’t get credit so I won’t expect any for this one. Then all I care about is fulfilling my dreams and achieving my goals. As God as my witness and creator I’ll be number one, just watch.”

The chance to gain respect if not credit-due to the casual nature of the potential support- has been increased by the fact the bout has secured a a place on the TG4 broadcast part of the exciting card.

TV and Luzoho look potentially successful bedfellows – in fairness the same could be said of Quinn – and he plans to make the most of his time in the spotlight on the Clash of the Titans card.

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“I’m really excited. It’s every boxers dream to fight on TV were everyone can see you. It opens all doors for my career. God is Great, that’s all I can say I am blessed. People should stay tuned.

“Let’s just say the result in God’s hands, but what you can expect is entertainment like boxing should be,” he continues before responding to suggestions being made the fight could steal the show. 

“It could be fight of the night. It really depends on the fight plans, but at this point I’ll let the people decide that and I’ll focus on the fight and the challenge I face.”

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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: [email protected]