“I’ll be surprised if it goes the distance” – Duffy predicts Treacy clash will end early


Confident Owen Duffy [4(2)-1(0)] believes the referee will not need to consult his scorecard before announcing the winner of one of the more anticipated fights on the Leeside Revolution card this weekend.

The Cavan light middleweight doesn’t go as far as predicting he will emerge victorious by way of knockout on the first show Cork show in over a decade, but isn’t expecting the bout to go the distance.

‘The Butcher’ admits he faces a step up when he takes on fellow early days Irish pro Eddie Treacy [2(1)-0], but hints he may be celebrating a second pro stoppage win at Neptune Stadium.

“I’m as confident as how well my training camp went – and it went perfect,” the southpaw told Irish-Boxing.com.

“I’ll need to be very sharp. Eddie’s strong and can box. Anything is possible but I’ll be surprised if it goes the distance.”

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The clash is one that catches the eye on the card. It’s peaked interest among fight followers and Duffy can see why.

“It’s a great fight,” he adds.

“Two ambitious fighters with Irish title goals and a step up and potential of bigger fights when successful Saturday night. I’m buzzing. This is what I have been training consistently all year for.”

The Cavan ticket seller isn’t the only one ‘buzzing’ heading into the clash. Duffy reveals he following can’t wait to see the step up clash, while there was a real buzz around the Celtic Warrior Gym.

“The buzz in the gym reminds me of us all prepping for the big Ray Moylette ‘Homecoming’ show.”

“Craig [O’Brien] and myself are prepping for Cork. Ray and Niall O’Connor were prepping for USA. All pushing eachother on. Fan buzz wise, everyone were asking when the step up fight would come. Now they’ve got it. There’ll be some atmosphere Saturday night.”

“Camp’s been great. Having Craig O’Brien prepping for the same show I got the opportunity to have him, a Irish light middleweight champion as my sparring partner,” he adds before stressing there is no pressure on him going into the Cork hosted bout. 

“I’ve prepared with the best to give it my best. I don’t believe there’s any pressure. All the best Eddie. Will be a fight to remember.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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Jonny Stapleton

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