One of three Irish professional debutants this weekend, alongside Limerick’s Graham McCormack O’Shea and Monaghan’s Aaron McKenna, super middleweight Taylor McGoldrick will make his bow in Belfast on Friday night.
The former Holy Trinity clubman has turned pro under management outfit Mack The Knife Global, and debuts on the ‘Danger at The Devenish 2’ card at the Devenish Venue.
A boxer well-suited to the pros, McGoldrick explained to Irish-Boxing.com how “I first started boxing when I was nine years old. I knew even from that age that the sport was my ultimate passion.”
“In my younger years I won eight Ulster titles and I’ve competed in many big amateur tournaments including the Ulster Elite final.”
“I would consider myself a big puncher that can hit very hard. I’m a come-forward fighter, but I’m also good at boxing at a distance.”
As a pro, McGoldrick has linked up with Gerard McManus and Dan Anderson, training alongside top welterweight Paddy Gallagher.
The 23 year old can feel himself rapidly improving and noted how “It’s been a great experience down in Belfast training with Gerard and Dan. Gerard looks after my boxing and Dan looks after the conditioning side.”
“They have done an amazing job in the little time we’ve had. I know with these lads that I’ll continue to improve and that they will bring out the best.”
“It has been great working alongside Paddy Gallagher. Not only is he a genuinely nice lad, he trains hard and he fights even harder. That’s why he’s Celtic champion.”
“He’s pushed me to train hard, and seeing what he has achieved inspires me to go all the way.”
McGoldrick is looking to make a statement against tough Pole Michal Ciach [1(1)-2(0)] on the Ginley Promotions card, and the night has a special added element.
He described how “fans can expect to see excitement, this is my first professional fight and I want to make a big impression.”
“It will also be great to fight on the same bill as my cousin, Conrad Cummings, as we started boxing at a younger age together and grew up training together.”
McGoldrick isn’t in boxing for small things, and is aiming right for the top.
The Ulster boxer outlined how “my short-term plan is to get adjusted into the pro game and stay active and push up through the ranks so that one day I’ll be able fight for titles.”
“My long-term goal would be, ultimately, to become world champion which is something I have always dreamed of, even from a young age.”
Also on the bill this weekend alongside McGoldrick, Gallagher, and Cummings, will be Tyrone McCullagh, Phil Sutcliffe Jr, Stevie Collins, Ian Tims, Anto Upton, and Alfredo Meli.