By Jonny Stapleton
Feargal McCrory is the latest fighter to join the growing Irish professional boxing family, but the first to start out his career under the guidance of former two weight world champion Ricky Hatton.
Former youth amateur stand out, McCrory proved a hit with ’The Hitman’ and signed pro terms with Hatton Promotions recently. The John Breen trained 19 year old will make his debut in Bolton on February 4 and believes a blend of his talent and Hatton‘s connections will help him work his way to the top .
McCrory won 4 Irish titles, European bronze, Four Nations gold and Multi Nations gold in a 67 – 5 youth amateur innings and he has his sights sets on adding pro titles to his already well decorated mantle piece.
“I make my debut on the 4th of February in Bolton,” McCrory told www.irish-boxing.com “The short term plan is to take in as much as I can from John Breen and keep improving. Long term I want to be world champion, if you don’t want that it is a waste of time making the switch really! However, 2012 is just about learning the trade, I’m only 19 so there’s no rush.”
“Ricky has done a great job in getting his fighters the big fights with all the big names so I’m delighted to be working with him and his team at Hatton Promotions.”
Former Pound for Pound contender Hatton didn’t just sign the youngster on recommendation he inspected McCrory’s skills first hand and was suitably impressed.
“About three months ago I met Ricky and did a few sessions. He liked what he saw and made me an offer. I had a good think about it and spoke to some pros for advice and believed it was the right move. Ricky thinks I have got a lot of potential and a lot of balls and with the correct guidance can go far. To have some one like that express such an opinion is a great confidence boost.”