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McCormack raring for Reardon – ‘G Train’ wants September fight with Leinster coach

Talk boxing and particularly his role in the game with Graham McCormack [4(0)-0] and you’d need sun glasses to protect yourself from the glare of the glint in his eye.

Ask about the rumoured all-Irish fight that he could be faced with if he wins in Cork later this month and a blindfold wouldn’t stop you from losing sight.

The Limerick fighter is adamant his focus is oncoming through what he predicts will be another learning test on the July 20th Leeside Revolution card, but he can’t contain his excitement when queried about a possible fight with Cillian Reardon [5(0)-0].

By all accounts the Limerick-Dublin battle was agreed and scheduled for the recent Irish Invasion card in York Hall only for injury to force McCormack out.

However, while it’s next stop Cork for ‘G Train’, he believes the fight looks certain for Celtic Clash 9, which could play out in September.

The Eddie Hyland-trained southpaw is adamant the fight makes perfect sense, is confident it meets the fan-friendly criteria he seems to hold dear, and believes it will happen before the year is out.

“Myself and Cillian Reardon were supposed to fight in England. It was agreed. Now I have nothing but respect for Cillian Reardon and I’ll never say anything bad about him, but the fight makes sense,” he tells Irish-Boxing.com full of excitement whilst trying to keep a respectful tone. 

“I am pretty sure our records are similar. We are a similar age. We turned over the same time. It’s an entertaining fight, we both sell tickets, it’s Limerick versus Dublin,” he continues at 100 miles an hour. 

“Once July is over there are rumours of a big show so why not?  I think it makes a lot of sense.”

If the bout is to be made, the light middleweight southpaw is confident of victory. The fighter, whose most recent win was against Cork-based South African Jade Karam, predicts a tough fight, but claims he has the tools and the determination to defeat the Leinster rugby coach.

The Boxing Ireland fighter believes it’s a bout worthy of a BUI Celtic title and he hopes the decorative strap would be put on the line.

“Again I have nothing against him, but I’ll beat him all day long and in a month of Sundays. I am looking forward to it. I know he’ll bring it and you can be sure I’ll bring it. It will definitely be a fight for the fans.”

“I would love it for the Celtic title. I don’t see why not. I am not going to shout out I deserve this title or that, but I think I have earned a shot at one. I am not looking past July, but it would be great.” 

As pointed out, July comes first as McCormack appears on the first pro show to visit Cork in a decade – and of course he is excited about the prospect of appearing in Munster.

The Garryowen boxer has heard good things about promoter Martin Horgan’s shows and is looking forward to performing in Neptune Stadium. He also rejoices in the fact it’s a venue easily accessible for his fan base.

“I am buzzing for Cork. It’s an hour away from Limerick and there are a lot of people coming down. It’s literally as close as you can get other than having at my door step. I heard a lot about Martin Horgan and he is meant to put on a brilliant show. People that I talk to that know him say he puts on great shows, so that’s exciting too.”

“Plus I am looking forward to just fighting. You know me, I am happiest when fighting.”


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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 sports for a living for over 20 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