However, the 20 year old claims he has more reason to try stand out as he takes to the ring for the third time on July 29th.
The welterweight prospect has secured a coveted slot on Carl Frampton’s homecoming clash at the SSE Odyssey Arena versus Andres Gutierrez alongside the likes of Conrad Cummings, Poddy McCrory, and Steven Ward – and ‘The Croc’ is eager to show the famous ‘Jackal Army’ what he is capable of.
“I will always try my best to put on a show no matter where It is but on a card like this it certainly give that bit more of motivation,” Croker told Irish-Boxing.com.
A place on the Frampton-Gutierrez World undercard was being called ‘the golden ticket’ during the two June Belfast fight weeks – and Crocker’s excitement at securing a place on the card proves that billing wasn’t an overstatement.
“I was over the moon when I first heard that I was on the bill, as would anybody be. I only truly believed it when I saw the picture Cyclone released,” he continued.
“It means everything to me to fight on such a big card, I was at the Burnett fight at the SSE Arena a couple weeks back and the atmosphere was electric! I was just sitting there thinking how good it would be to fight on a big show.”
“Frampton always brings the best fans so aswell so it will be great to fight in front of them.”
Frampton hasn’t been shy about stating his admiration for the big punching Ray Ginley-trained prospect and the admiration is certainly reciprocated.
Crocker like most Irish fighters has massive respect for the former two-weight World champion and now goes to watching from the stands on Frampton fight night to fighting in front of the crowd he used to populate.
“I have been at Frampton fight nights. I watched the Martinez, Parodi, and Avalos fights at the arena all three were great shows, so I know what to expect July 29th.”
The July date is Crocker’s third since turning over in March and while he has continually stated he is no major rush he is content with the rate he is progressing.
“Every fight and camp I’m learning more and more and it’ll be great to have three fights under my belt by the end of next month. All three fights on big shows so I’m very happy with the way things are progressing.”
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