Irish Cam O’Connell in line for all-Canadian clash

Cork-Canadian Cam O’Connell [14(9)-0-1] scored a wide unanimous decision (79:73 x2, 78:74) win on Friday evening over Juan Bedolla Orozco at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.

It was the latest in an impressive run of victories for the Red Deer lightweight, although Irish Cam felt he got too involved at times.

“It wasn’t my best fight and that’s to Juan’s credit,” said O’Connell. “He was a brawler who definitely studied me and did everything he could to have me fight his fight. I enjoy a good brawl, so I was easily persuaded. It got dirty. It was rough, but I enjoyed it.”

“I need a good tough fight and a tough warrior to stand against me, that’s why we do this. I have a lot to work on with my coaches Doug Bolianatz, Robert Carswell, and Roman Rzepkowski and hopefully we can start the road to the next one ASAP. I’m excited to learn and I did a lot of that in this fight.”

O’Connell now believes he is ready for a step up, and is targetting one of the top names in Canada in 2017 – and he revealed that the fight is far along in the pipeline.

“I want Steve Wilcox in the new year,” explained O’Connell. “According to his team, he’s willing. He has dodged me for long enough. I had to go public with it and it worked. Much respect to him and his team for taking the offer. This will make a great fight for the fans all over the country.”

Joe O'Neill

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