The Commonwealth super flyweight champion was offered the chance to appear on the undercard of his brother’s Top Rank-promoted debut in New York, but turned down the offer to trade leather on the high profile show so he can give his full moral support for the London 2012 medalist.
The older of the two boxing siblings has long since stated that his brother’s career comes before his, a point he proved by turning pro rather than face Mick in the 2009 Ulster Senior final at the Ulster Hall.
The fighter, who tops the November 5th Boxnation bill in Belfast, was never going to fight his brother and did not want to pose any barrier to Mick’s path to national and international success – so instead ditched the vest and began punching for pay.
The WBO world title hopeful is putting his brother first again come St Patrick’s Day, and revealed that he elected against appearing on the American bill so he could be fully focused on helping his brother out and play the part of fan in the process.
He explained that “Mick asked Bob [Arum, Top Rank CEO] and Todd [DuBoef, Top Rank President] about putting me on the show and they said ‘yeah no problem’. But when Mick came back to me and said it I told him I would rather just be there to experience the whole atmosphere and take it in as a spectator, also to be there as a brother.”
“I don’t want to have my own story on that night I want to be there and watch his story. It’s something I always said, that I would put his career before my career any day of the week. I have always said, even when I was 13 and 14, that he was the next best thing so I always want to be there when he is doing his thing.”