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‘I want to create my own bit of history’ – Feargal McCrory geared up for American move

Feargal McCrory [11(5)-0] is all too aware opportunities are only good if they are taken.

The Tyrone super featherweight has been screaming for a breakthrough chance for over two years now and believes he may have finally received it after teaming up with the Havoc Team.

The American based management group have signed the Irish lightweight champion and will look to promote him on the East Coast.

For a fighter that was finding opportunities of note hard to come by back home it’s massive news, but whilst McCrory admits it could be the ‘start to something special’ he is fully aware he has to live up to his end of the bargain and make sure he grasp the chance been given to him.

“This can be the start of something very special. An Irish man fighting in America is always a great event and I want to create my own bit of history over there,” McCrory told Irish-boxing.com.

“I am very excited but I am under no illusions that this is merely an opportunity. There is so much work that lies ahead so I remain focused and I plan on taking this opportunity with both hands,” he adds before explaining how the link up came about. 

“I spoke with Andre (Rozier) and he invited me out then I headed over at the start of July. We both got along well and I had great craic with the boys in the gym and it all snowballed from there really. There was loads of corresponding and then the deal was signed.”

McCrory was open to any big opportunities available when based out of Belfast. The Coalisland fighter still remains keen to progress, but with a solid team behind him can afford to be more patient.

The entertaining super feather is hoping to build a name for himself on the East Coast before potentially securing bigger fights.

“Short term is all about working hard and becoming established in the states. Getting the correct fights is something I believe they will deliver every time. Well we aim to fight on the east coast majority of the time as I have loads of Irish friends and family there, especially New York and Philadelphia. I want to be in MSG, the Barclay Centre and all those places and every single one can be easily reached.” 

‘Fearless’ has had a close bond with legendary Belfast trainer John Breen and that won’t be broken by the fact he will now compete Sateside.

The driven 27-year-old will base have camp alongside Rozier in America, but will train with Breen when back home. 

“For camp I will still be working with John Breen while I am in Ireland and he is still a very important member of the team. He will be at loads of fights too. I will head over to Brooklyn then about 6 or 7 weeks before the fight and continue my preparation there,” he continues before discussing possible American debut times. 

“It will probably be November. My wife is pregnant and is due very soon so that is my main priority at the moment. Once they are home and settled then my team will get me my date and I will be on my way.”


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com