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Kavanagh: Ormond fight would be big but the stage isn’t set yet

Jamie Kavanagh raised Irish intrigue when he put out the idea of a possible Dublin derby with Stephen Ormond earlier this year.

‘The Nuisance’ wasn’t calling out ‘The Rock’ and there is anything but bad blood between the pair, but with a number of exciting all Irish clashes been confirmed over recent months it was a suggestion that got fight fans talking.

Ormond, who won twice in America this October, believes he is on the verge of a World title fight and respectfully stressed his fellow Dub was a few wins, and possible a few years, from his level when questioned about the mooted clash.

Kavanagh doesn’t agree and speaking ahead of his Dublin debut the former Golden Boy puncher claimed the Murphy’s Boxing fighter could be an option down the line.

However, he stresses a lot of money or a lot of importance would have to be at stake for the fight to happen and the well traveled lightweight believes there is yet to be a platform big enough to play host to the clash.

“I actually spoke to Stephen about it. I know Stephen he is a lovely fella and the fight could only happen if it was worthwhile,” Kavanagh told Irish-boxing.com.

“A lot of money money would have to be there or it would have to be a major step toward either of us getting a World title shot.

“What Stephen said is his opinion. I have mine, but there is no point in arguing over them, boxing is boxing at the end of the day. I know Irish people are looking for the fight but in my opinion there is no stage for that fight as of yet, so in that regard it’s not even in my mind.

“When there is both a stage and a massive outcome then we will start to make it happen. He has been in America with his team of late and I wish him all the luck.”

Next up for the former Wild Card puncher is a homecoming of sorts. The World Youth Silver medal winner fights for the first time as a pro and back to the stadium for the first time since he lost to one Phil Sutcliffe Jr in amateurs.

The MGM puncher didn’t know much about his opponent when talking to Irish-boxing.com, but doesn’t seem to perturbed, more consumed with excitement to be returning home.

“No opponent has been finalised, but I am not worried. I know my team will look after all that. To be honest I am just delighted to be fighting at home.”


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