‘I don’t think he can take my power’ – McCrory confident ahead of IBO tilt

Padraig McCrory  [14(8)-0] is confident he will bring his power up to light heavyweight when he fights Leon Bunn [18(9)-0] in Germany.

The Belfast favourite has secured a shot at the IBO light heavyweight world title and will fight the undefeated German for the vacant strap on October 22.

It’s new territory for ‘The Hammer’ in more ways than one, as he faces the home favourite in his backyard, as well as moving into the Wasserman fighter’s weight class, away from super middle where he has had so much success.

Not that the Conlan Boxing fighter is concerned. McCrory will travel to Frankfurt full of confidence and travels up to 175lbs confident he can register a fifth consecutive knockout win.

“I’m relishing the opportunity to become the IBO World champion, fighting in Leon Bunn’s backyard adds an extra fire in the belly and will make the rewards of winning this title so much sweeter,” he said.

“I’ve seen plenty of Leon Bunn, he’s a really good boxer, but I don’t think he can take my power for 12 rounds.“

Former world title challenger Jamie Conlan is equally confident the 34-year-old Dee Walsh trained in form puncher can pull off something special and become the first Irish fighter to win in Germany since Katelynn Phelan won WBC World Youth honours.

“We were planning and preparing for the EU title but this opportunity came up and Pody jumped at it. I totally believe going into the Lion’s Den will bring out the best in Pody McCrory. Leon is a very good, accomplished boxer and Pody has knockout power in either hand, both guys come in undefeated with great confidence and I believe it will be a very entertaining fight.“

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