Like he is at almost every show in Ireland, Derry middleweight Sean McGlinchey [1(0)-0] was ringside at the SSE Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Saturday night cheering on his fellow fighters.
One week out from his own fight in the Titanic City, the Creggan boxer’s eye was caught by the always-animated Matchroom Promotions boss Eddie Hearn and how he reacted to the Irish fighters on the undercard.
While many punchers wont acknowledge the ‘shop window’ nature of an undercard appearance on a big show, ‘Mummy’s Bhoy’ knows full well the importance of a big performance this coming Saturday.
The Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, trained now in the pros by former IBF cruiserweight champ Glenn McCrory, fights this weekend at the Waterfront Hall on the BoxNation ‘Battle of Belfast’ card – and he wants the men with the money to sit up and take notice.
Looking ahead to his second pro appearance, McGlinchey described how “It’s a big card to be on, with the likes of Paddy Barnes and all, quality Irish boxers.”
“It’s good to get the name out there, hopefully now I go on to impress and give an eye to the big promoters.”
“I saw Eddie [Hearn] in the front row, and I saw how he was reacting to some of the fights. Hopefully when I’m out on BoxNation I can catch the eye of Frank Warren and get contracted or get fighting on regular shows with them.”
“That’s where the big fights will be and where the money will be.”
Making an impression certainly seems possible considering his passionate fanbase and exciting style. In his debut last month McGlinchey came out after four rounds of what can be described as a one-sided war with Josef Obeslo.
The Ulsterman will be looking to build on this win at the weekend. McGlinchey outlined how “I did the work, I did what I had to do – but there were a few things that we looked back on that we’re looking to improve.”
“I’ve trained hard I know what I can do, and I’m going to go in and stick to the gameplan that me and Glenn have. If the stoppage comes, it comes”
A big stage, McGlinchey freely admits there will be jitters – but he sees them as a crucial part of his game.
“You’re going to be nervous,” he reasoned. “Nerves are good. It depends what way a person reacts to nerves. I react really well to nerves.”
“The nerves will always be there, no matter what fight it is”
On the card this weekend, Paddy Barnes fights Silvio Oltenau for the WBO European flyweight belt, Stephen Ormond challenges Craig Evans for the lightweight equivalent, Jono Carroll takes on Johnny Quigley for the IBF super featherweight East/West Europe title, then there are further appearances from Lewis Crocker, Steven Ward, Tyrone McKenna, and the professional debut of Davey Oliver Joyce.
Tickets for the ‘Battle of Belfast’ card on June 17th at the Waterfront Hall cost £30, £40, £60, and £150, and are available from the boxers involved or from HERE.
LISTEN: Gavan Casey and Joe O’Neill speak to Luke Keeler and Paddy Barnes on Episode 6 of The Irish Boxing Show: