Loaded ‘Gun’ – Sizeable step up for Ryan O’Rourke

The training wheels are well and truly off.

Having stepped up to eight rounds against game opposition last time out, Ryan O’Rourke [7(1)-0] will tick another progression box next time he enters the ring.

The Dubliner, who turned 22 over the weekend, will make a serious step up in terms of opponent when he fights in Belgium next month.

‘The Silent Assassin’ is the latest name confirmed on the All Eyez on Brussells 2 card set for June 19 and Irish-boxing.com understands he faces a stiff test on the Only O1ne promoted card.

The brilliantly named Brice Bula Galo [11(4)-2(0)-1] is the eighth pro fighter the O’Rourke’s Gym prospect has signed to fight.

The 34-year-old is deemed the third-best welter in Belgium and comes to the table with a winning record.

‘The Gun’ has only failed to fire twice and is a former Belgium 147lbs champion. Granted he seems to have lost when he’s flirted with a step up and comes into the clash on the back of a defeat to American-based Belgian Mohamed El Marcouchi, but he won’t be daunted by O’Rourke’s CV and certainly will be coming to win.

It’s a different kind of challenge for the St Michaels Inchicore graduate and a genuine early test.

The Steven O’Rourke trained fighter becomes the third Irish boxer officially confirmed on the All Eyez on Brussells 2 card after Keane McMahon’s return was confirmed for the fight night last week, as was a testing fight for Tiernan Bradley.

Neither Bradley’s nor O’Rourke’s bouts look as dangerous as ‘The Ice Man’s’ on paper – the Dub faces undefeated former amateur of note Anass Messaoudi – but remains step-ups and potential banana skins.

Bradley takes on Dutch puncher Wilson Sanchez Mendes another relatively dangerous opponent.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com