Among Kieran Farrell’s bucketload of Irish signings at the weekend there was one new, albeit familiar, name.
Sean Magee comes from a strong boxing family, with his uncles Eamonn, Noel, and Terry winning two Irish and two Commonwealth titles between them.
The 27 year old has long had pro ambitions himself, and has now taken the plunge into the paid game.
An experienced amateur, racking up over 80 fights, Magee told Irish-Boxing.com that “I had a few County Antrim and Ulster titles, and I reached the Irish finals but that’s the furthest it went for me in the amateur game.”
Indeed it was always the pro game that appealed to the Belfast man, who admitted that “to be honest, I have always wanted to be a pro boxer. From when I was a kid my dream was to be a pro boxer but, as I got older, work kind of held me back from pursuing it.”
“I was talking to my uncle Eamonn over Christmas time about it and he spoke to a friend of his, Kieran Farrell, and got me this opportunity. I jumped at it because if I didn’t I’d only regret it later.”
“My plans are to take it one fight at a time in 2017, get myself moving up the ranks and hopefully in the future look to getting a title or two under my belt – but for now I’m taking it one step at a time and just enjoying it.”
Magee will campaign at either super feather or lightweight in the pros and explained how “I don’t really have a certain style, I like to mix it up, I can box when needed and fight when needed.”
His all-round skills will be well-honed John Breen and uncle Eamonn at the famous Breen’s Gym, whom he has linked up with for his pro assault.
“I’m pleased to say I have joined the Breen Team,” he said. “Things are going well at the minute and I have two amazing coaches around me so I’d say things can only get better!”
Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey look ahead to 2017 in episode 1 of The Irish Boxing Show