Stephen Webb says Martin Quinn will have to kill him to beat him.
The pair meet in an intriguing Celtic Clash 9 bout at the Devenish on Saturday October 12 – and not only does the Belfast end of the fight believe the Dubliner hasn’t the tools to defeat Quinn, he is adamant he wants the victory more.
The desire levels are understandable considering the John Breen-trained lightweight lost a high profile West Belfast derby last time out.
In fact, after sharing some pre-fight verbals with Joe Fitzpatrick, the St James’ fighter was stopped within two rounds.
Such a reverse hasn’t quite humbled the good talker, but it has left him determined never to experience anything like that again.
“I feel like a different fighter ahead of this, he will have to kill me to beat me,” Webb told Irish-Boxing.com.
“I only watched the Joe fight a few weeks back for the first time and promised myself I will never perform like that again in my life.”
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Considering his last performance, the southpaw would have been forgiven for taking an easier return.
No questions would have been asked if he was to trade leather with a journeyman in just his third fight, particularly coming back off a stoppage defeat.
However, the Boxing Ireland fighter revealed he wanted straight back into 50/50 all Irish action as soon he returned to the dressing room post being sleighed by the Dragon.
“No not a chance,” he responds emphatically when queried regarding a possible easier return.
“I remember being melted after the [Fitzpatrick] fight and in the changing rooms and I asked Leonard [Gunning] and Dennis [Morrison] for another Irish opponent next. I suggested Quinn and thankfully they got it made for me,” he adds before explaining the logic behind his request.
“I just know in that last fight I didn’t do myself any favours and I want to prove to everyone exactly what I can do.
“This really is the best way to do it and against the perfect opponent. I don’t want any credit for fighting in another 50/50 fight I want the credit when the fight is won, not before.
The Belfast fighter has a degree of respect for the former Crumlin amateur, who himself has all Irish experience having fought Karl Kelly and Francy Luzoho.
However, he claims to have seen to many exploitable weaknesses for him not to predict victory in one of the more eagerly anticipated clashes on the stacked card.
“I watched his last two fights and his last one against Francy was very close, he’s the type of fighter that will always make you dig deep,” continues Webb.
“John Breen has sat me down and explained to me exactly what this fight means for me, we’ve a game plans laid out for this and johns had it drilled into my head every single session. He’s been pushing me very hard in camp for this one and I really can’t wait to let people see the real me on fight night.”
“From what I’ve seen from him I really can’t see me losing the fight at all. He will prob say the same about me after the last fight and I don’t blame him!! But we’ve studied him and see many weaknesses we plan on using them to our advantage,” he adds before trying to explain what went wrong last time out.”
“I’ve been four weeks into camp now and I can honestly saying I haven’t missed one session. I have pushed myself in every session, two sessions a day, six days a week.”