Darragh Foley – “I always look to make a statement, I’m not going to labour to a points decision”

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Blanchardstown light welterweight Darragh Foley [9(7)-2(0)] is hoping to round off 2016 with a win early tomorrow Down Under.

The Sydney-based Dubliner fights at Luna Park against Argentinian Sergio Eduardo Gonzalez [31(15)-20(10)-4] where he hopes to defend his WBA Oceanian title and move into the organisation’s Top 15. It is a change of opponent for Foley, who was initially due to face Luis Ernesto Rueda [13(4)-0], but Gonzalez still represents a solid foe for the fight which will feature prominently on the undercard of the all-Australia WBA lightweight title eliminator between Brandon Ogilvie and George Kambosos Jr.

The 28 year old southpaw is typically confident going into his ten-round fight and stressed how “I always look to make a statement, I’m not going to labour to a points decision.”

Big-punching Foley is not bothered by his opponent’s vast level of experience ahead of the clash, and described how “I saw some of Gonzalez, he seems like a wiry old veteran. I’m just looking forward to getting in there and doing what I need, I’m not really worried about what my opponent brings, I’m just focused on me. As long as I’m in a good place, and as long as I’m firing on all cylinders, I don’t fear anyone.”

The main event of the card is of some interest to Foley who was defeated by Ogilvie earlier this year whilst at lightweight, and who also has a well-documented dislike of Kambosos – and ‘Super’ is predicting a second round knockout for his former foe.

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