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Sean McGlinchey loving pro life – “By the time April 22nd comes, my whole style will have changed”

Derry fighter Sean McGlinchey has just completed his first stint of training under world champion Glenn McCrory.

The former IBF cruiserweight king has taken McGlinchey on board ahead of his pro debut in Belfast on Saturday April 22nd at the Devenish Complex in Belfast on the first Irish Kieran Farrell Promotions show.

McCrory is training ‘Mummy’s Bhoy’ in Culdaff, County Donegal, and McGlinchey will divide his time between here and his amateur club Oakleaf.

McGlinchey spoke to Irish-Boxing.com and explained that “I’ve done about two and a half weeks training with Glenn, now he’s away back to Newcastle and has left me instructions for me to do in Derry. He’ll be back then in March and then again two or three weeks before the fight.”

“It’s completely different [to amateur training]. I’d say, by the time April 22nd comes, my whole style will have changed. It’ll be a different Sean McGlinchey than what people have seen before. From when I started, and the way I used to box, it’s already began to change.”

The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist is promising power when he makes his pro debut. McGlinchey fought at light heavyweight in the amateurs, but will move down to super middle in the paid game, with middleweight a future possibility.

The 24 year old described how “I’m training with 16 and 18oz gloves, and Glenn can feel power, so when I take them away and go down to 10oz, I’m sure somebody will feel the power!”

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“I’m planning on starting off with knockouts and keep going with knockouts, that’s my target. Hopefully, by this time next year, we’ll be up to eight rounders and fighting for the Irish title.”

One thing about Derry fighters is the passionate support they bring to fights. Tyrone McCullagh’s fans steal the show whenever they make the trip to Belfast for fight nights, and the noisiest moment of the Red Corner ‘Inception’ show in Dublin in November came for the Irish debut of Connor Coyle.

McGlinchey believes we will see something similar when he make his debut, and noted how “the support is brilliant. Connor is on the show this weekend, Tyrone is next month, and then John Cooley is on St Patrick’s Day in America.”

“The support I’m getting is phenomenal. I was up in Belfast the other day doing my medical, and I had to drop tickets off in Belfast. I’ll have good support on the 22nd.”

Feargal McCrory tops the bill in Belfast, with further undercard support from Daniel McShane, Mathew Fitzsimons, Joe Hillerby, Sean Magee, and a fight between Ger Healy and Tommy Carter.

Tickets for ‘A New Era’ are available from the boxers involved on the bill at the following prices: £20 (standing), £35 (unreserved seating), and £50 (reserved seating).

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie