Introducing: Thomas Finnegan

A late addition to the Red Corner Promotions show at the end of the month will see Tallaght middleweight Thomas Finnegan make his professional debut.

The 28 year old will box for the first time without a vest on the ‘Unfinished Business’ bill on February 25th, and while it has seemingly come out nowhere, Finnegan was more than happy to take the opportunity.

The Dubliner explained to Irish-Boxing.com that “it has always been my dream as a young lad to fight professionally. I’ve got the chance for a better life so why not take it.

Finnegan, who trains under Stephen Kavanagh in Kilnamanagh BC, is enjoying the switch already, and commented on how “I’m more grounded, keeping my feet flat, using different angles of punching, and there’s lot of conditioning involved. It suits me, I’m happy.”

“My style of fighting is to have everything off the jab and mix it up from there. I love a rumble. If I was to compare myself with another fighter it would be Mayweather. I’ve always looked up to Ricky Hatton and Mayweather actually.”

Finnegan is not a late convert to boxing and had a successful amateur career before some years away from the sport. Listing his achievements he said “Leinster, Intermediate titles, Multi-Nations gold in Poland in 2009. I’ve had over 100 fights and been in with the best.”

Looking forward, Finnegan wants to lay foundations this year, starting on February 25th, and outlined how “my plan and aim for 2017 is to get a few fights under my belt and get the ball rolling. I’m sure I will get chance for titles, its about stepping stones, one step at a time, so this year’s all about getting prepared for titles.”

“I’m happy to be back fighting, this is my heart and soul. It’s my turn now.”

Finnegan joins the Luke Keeler-topped bill alongside Steve Collins, Chris Blaney, Lynn Harvey, Allan Phelan, Noely Murpy, Craig O’Brien, Connor Coyle, Eric Donovan, and Jay Byrne

Tickets for Unfinished Business are priced at €40 (unreserved) and €60 (ringside), and can be bought from the boxers involved on the card.

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Joe O'Neill

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