Eddie Treacy [3(2)-0] claims he is more than willing to answer Cillian Reardon’s [5(0)-0] call.
While the Leinster Rugby Coach was calling for Limerick rival Graham McCormack to ‘step up or shut up’, he namedropped Treacy as a foe he felt was willing to compete domestically and for titles.
The St Teresa’s graduate is willing to oblige.
A fight anyone, anywhere, kind of boxer, the Bray light middle believes it would be a good fight – but is adamant he doesn’t want to get involved in the trading of verbal blows.
“Reardon mentioned my name in an interview. That is why I responded, I put it out there and said I would be 100% up to fight him. That’s all it was. It’s no disrespect, I think it would be a great scrap,” Treacy told Irish-Boxing.com.
It’s not that the ‘Honey Badger’ has any grudge to settle with the Steven O’Rourke trained 32-year-old.
The Mark Buckley coached Wicklow man is open to all comers domestically – and if asked would take on Boxing Ireland stablemates McCormack – who vigourously denies Reardon’s ducking accusations – and Dominic Donegan.
“I would have no problem fighting whoever for a title. That’s Boxing Ireland’s job to make these fights. There are some great boxers around the weight, so it would make for some cracking scraps,” he adds before suggesting he wants to earn his stripes before winning straps.
“Like I said before in previous interviews, I just want to fight. If there is a title on the line even better. I would rather earn that title shot first with blood, sweat and tears. I don’t want anything handed to me, I’ll work for it. The Irish title to me is like a world title.”
Before Treacy and Reardon can be considered they both have to come through fights on separate Belfast cards in October.
Reardon has somewhat of a step up test against Jake Best, who holds a win over Owen Duffy, on the ‘He Who Dares’ card, while Treacy fights a yet to be confirmed opponent on Celtic Clash 9.
The Bray fighter claims he doesn’t know what to expect in terms of opponent come October 12, but doesn’t care just happy with being busy.
“I don’t know what opponent they have for me as of yet. I leave all that to my management and my coach. I just do the fighting and I’m just happy to have a fight. Every fight is tough and I don’t take any fight lightly. So I’m training harder than ever like every fight, regardless of the opponent.”
“The main thing is I am back out so soon, ask any fighter and they will tell you they love to be kept busy so I’m delighted to get back out.”
Although he won’t ask for it, Treacy may have earned himself a tick over fight having stepped up in style against Owen Duffy in Cork in the Summer.
The Boxing Ireland fighter stopped the Cavan puncher in the second round of their eagerly anticipated clash.
An already self assured Treacy claims he didn’t take too much confidence from the victory but is aware what it does for his standing.
“It was great to get the win against another good Irish fighter and it was great to get announce myself on the domestic scene and show people what I’m about.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a confidence booster as such, as I know what I’m capable of and I know what I can do. But it does put me in a good position, going forward.”
The entertaining aggressive ring operator’s win wasn’t the only thing that stood out in the Neptune Stadium. His support also caught the eye. Despite fighting some distance from Bray, Treacy brought a massive and vocal crowd and he predicts something similar for Belfast next month.
“I brought down a great crowd to Cork. We were the loudest in the Neptune Stadium. All my original tickets are sold out and I have to collect more in the next few days so I will have another great crowd heading to Belfast as well.”
“The support means everything to me and I’m very lucky to have such a following. I can’t thank my supporters enough and I appreciate every last person who buys a ticket off me. The noise they bring on the night drives me on in that ring. The Blefast crowd are great support as well, so I can’t wait for the noise on the night, The Devenish will be buzzing,” he continues before adding his mandatory interview thank you.”
“I just want to thank my coaches for their time and work and a massive thank you to my sponsors for the continuous support: HD Hair Design, Leinster Brickwork, AJ Tree Services, Supreme Altitude and Fitness Centre Bray.”