Kavanagh set for New York bow

13 May 2010 – By Jonny Stapleton

Irish Golden Boy Jamie Kavanagh is confident of a victorious pro debut in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden this weekend.

The 2008 World Youth silver medallist will make a dream entrance to the paid ranks as he fights on the under card of Amir Khans WBA welterweight defence against Paulie Malignaggi.

And the Spanish speaking former Crumlin amateur is assured going into his first professional bout as he believes his preparations were just like Saturdays Garden Bill, first class.

The Golden Boy promoted Kavanagh will trade leather with fellow novice Willian Ware (1-2) but considering the calibre of his pre fight sparring partners he has nothing to fear.

The Freddie Roach trained prospect had previously shared the Wild Card training ring with Khan and Manny Pacquaio, but warmed up for this fight by sparring undefeated trio Vernon Paris, Jose Benavidez and Dean Byrne.

It would be stupid to say I wont be nervous. I know the day before the weigh in and when the fight gets closer I will be nervous. But right now I am ok. I am confident of winning. I am fighting William Ware he is just starting out too, so it should be a good fight. I have been training and waiting a long time for this. I am ready.

I have been sparring with Dean Byrne, Vernon Paris and Jose Benavidez. There are not many guys out there that can say they have been in with that calibre. Thats a great plus for me going into the fight, Kavanagh, who will have the added advantage of having the greatest boxing coach in the world in his corner, explained.

Freddie will be there with Amir but Ill be fighting a few fights before him. There will be enough time in between the fights for me to have Freddie in my corner.

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