“If I perform to my best, I’m going to take it home” – Tony Browne confident of Joe Ward shock

Dublin light heavyweight Tony Browne scored a destructive win on Saturday to book his place in a first Senior final.

The St Mary’s Inchicore boxer powered past experienced Arklow fighter Sean Allen in the semi finals to set up a decider with none other than Joe Ward this Friday night.

Browne looked very strong against Allen in the last four encounter, forcing a count on the Wicklow boxer in the opening round and bossing most of the fight.

Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com afterwards, Browne felt it was a mixed performance and explained that “I boxed really well in the first two rounds, but I think I just did too much in the gym this week because in the last round I felt the legs go on me a bit.”

“I’m happy to get the win, but I should have made easier work of it. The first two rounds I was happy with, last round was poor and I’m usually renowned for my fitness.”

“I think I got a little overexcited, I started trying to push the stoppage when I should have just sat back and boxed.”

Browne now faces the formidable challenge of Rio Olympian, double World Championships medalist, and double European Championships gold medalist Ward. The calibre of opponent does not phase him, and the pro-styled Dubliner believes that if he fires on all cylinders he can cause a shock.

Browne described how “everybody knows who I’m up against, probably the biggest name in the whole Elite tournament. But I don’t think about anybody else, I’m just going to think about myself this week and I know that, if I perform to my best, I’m going to take it home.

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