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“I need to stand out from the rest” – Rabei aims to make statement with extra tough debut fight

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The big card in Dublin this weekend features a professional debut with a difference.

Rather than a gentle introduction, Dublin light welter Victor Rabei aims to stand out with a tough first fight.

The Moldovan-born fighter takes on Plymouth puncher Chris Adaway [7(1)-31(5)-4], usually seen as an early step-up opponent for prospects, in his first pro fight, becoming the first debutant to take on the Englishman.

A test no doubt, it is something Rabei wanted as he aims to stand out from the crowd following an unprecedented number of new pros joining the scene.

‘The Chisinau Cyclone’ told Irish-Boxing.com that “I’m extremely confident in my abilities and wanted this as my first fight.”

“I need to stand out from the rest, a tough first fight will do just that.”

“I’ve got a tough opponent, I’ve looked into his record and some of his fights. He’s a tough kid, who has had a few upsets. But I’m happy with the challenge.”

Rabei comes into the bout full of confidence, and noted how “camp has been going great. I’m fitter than I was, and I’m stronger than I ever was, and technically I have improved a lot.”

“Everything has gone better than was expected.

In terms of what to expect, the St Michael’s Inchicore fighter described how “I’m a boxer, so I love to box.”

“I’m very selective with my punches, but can go to war if needs be. I’ve got power in both of my hands and have the skills to put it on display.”

“I see myself coming out victorious, with a very confident win! If a chance shows up for a KO, I wont think twice to get it.”

“Saying that, I see it being a very good tough fight.”

The card this weekend is headlined by two Irish title fights – Darren Cruise v Luke Keeler at middle and Stevie Collins v Paddy McDonagh at light heavy – as well as appearances from Chris Blaney, Ray Moylette, Allan Phelan, Thomas Finnegan, and Craig O’Brien.

Tickets for the June 24th show cost €40 (general) and €60 (ringside) and are available from the boxers involved.

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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