Renald Garrido [24(6)-24(0)-3] is more worried about the referee than Sean McComb [7(4)-0] ahead of their exciting Feile clash.
The entertaining and game French man has been on the wrong end of some close decisions in the past and his last defeat – suffered in Scotland against Lewis Benson – particularly offends.
The former Tyrone McKenna foe, who was slated to fight Gary Cully before the Kildare prospect pulled out with injury, claims Benson was one of the worst fighter he was drafted in to challenge and suggests he suffered unfair defeat.
‘Lion Heart’ has no issue with suffering just defeat as he proved in a tough fight with ‘The Mighty Celt’ last time he was in Belfast, but the Benson reverse has him worried as he prepares to take on exciting prospect McComb on the massive Feile show next week.
Indeed, the fighter who has never been stopped went as far as to claim securing the knockout is his only hope of victory.
“I think the single judge’s decision was very unfair,” he tells Irish-boxing.com when reflecting on his last fight.
“We can talk about really obvious flight. Despite the respect I have for Benson’s crew, he is one of the weakest boxers I have faced abroad in recent years.”
“I win by KO or I get robbed,” is his response when asked for an August 3rd prediction.
“I fear more the referee than the boxer since I know that this sport has dishonest referees.”
While the lightweight road warrior, who at the very least always puts on a show and comes to fight, isn’t too fond of the powers that be in the sport at present he has been impressed with McComb.
The colourful fighter likes ‘The Public Nuisances’ approach in and out of the ring.
“He has a big left hand like all my opponents and he is quite technical. He is a good lad who knows how to have fun and a laugh, but besides that he is very hardworking. He is one of the boxers who makes me love my sport because his attitude and his spirit.”
McComb is a different proposition to what Garrido is used to. The 35-year-old character has of late become a test for fighters much further up the boxing ladder.
In that regard he admits there is an element of pressure on him going into the fight.
“It is true that McComb is not experienced in the professional ranks and that puts me a little pressure since I usually box guys much stronger than me on the paper. Then again, it’s all about Sean McComb if he dares to take risks.”
The Frenchman’s first experience of Ireland came in 2012 when he lost to Martin Lindsay at the the Odyssey Arena and he has won Belfast fight fans respect since- he also has a soft spot of his own for them
“I had my first big adventure in 2012 in Belfast. I have fans there and I really appreciate the atmosphere and the Irish mentality.”