Gerard Whitehouse will be in for a ‘massive fright’ when he enters the ring tomorrow night according to Loughlinstown welter Jay Byrne.
31 year old Byrne [5(1)-3(1)] believes ‘Crank’ is underestimating him and looking too much into their contrasting amateur careers ahead of the Dublin derby for the vacant BUI Celtic title.
The former Bray Wanderers footballer also feels that the Tony Davitt prospect is reading too much into the fact Byrne has gone on the road and lost on Sky-broadcast Matchroom cards.
“I am his first test. I think he is basing how the fight will play out off his amateur career versus mine,” Byrne told Irish-boxing.com.
“He is probably watching the Sky Sports fights and thinking that is Jay at his best, but he is going to get a massive fright when he gets in the ring.”
22 year old Whitehouse [7(2)-0] had said previously that he thinks he would have enough to beat Byrne in eagerly anticipated BUI Celtic title clash even without a career-best performance
Some seem to have misunderstood that line, thinking Andy Lee’s cousin is taking the fight lightly. ‘Crank’ has dismissed those rumours, and Byrne hopes that the Balbriggan youngster is at one hundred percent.
‘The Negotiator’ described how “someone said he said he would beat me without training or not even at his best, but let’s just say if he’s not at his best he’s is in trouble because he hasn’t looked anything as a pro and I personally think I beat him at every aspect of the game so imagine what I could do if he is not at his best.”
Byrne has gone above and beyond during build-up to ‘Celtic Clash 4’ play down bad blood suggestions. He definitely has respect for his next foe, but claims Whitehouse hasn’t produced anything in his pro career to date that concerns him.
“I respect him for what he has done, but I don’t feel he has fought anyone. I fought at light middle and middleweight against Olympians so you can’t really judge me on that.”
“Look, he can obviously box, Tony [Davitt] wouldn’t have signed him otherwise, but I haven’t seen anything that worried me,” the Declan Geraghty Snr-trained fighter continued before addressing concerns he might find it a strain to drop back down to welterweight.
“At eight days out I had a kilo to go. I do it right. There is no point in dehydrating yourself for an eight round fight. I’ve fought at 74kg, 71kg, and now 66.5kg, it’s like everything – do it right and it won’t be a problem.”
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