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McShane: I am not longer a novice I want the Irish title after October 4 clash

DANIEL ‘Insane’ McShane is ready to trade the novice tag for domestic contender status after he trades leather on October 4.

The popular Belfast super featherweight returns to the ring on a stacked card in the Devinish on Saturday week and is ready to kick start the new season with a win that he believes could kick him on to domestic title level.

The undefeated 20 year old, who entertains his large following with a bizarre boxing ring walk, wants to come into the ring with the Irish title strapped around his waist and not just the Hannibal Lecture mask strapped around his face in the New Year . Indeed the Belfast fighter just hasn’t the green strap in his sights he has a possible foe he would like to fight for the domestic crown in mind and is hopeful a high profile clash can be made for November 22.

“It’s a new season and I have new goals,” McShane told Irish-boxing.com. “I’m passing my novice days as a professional so I need to step it up in class.

“Firstly I have to keep winning keep selling tickets, but my main goal is to get my hands on that Irish Title. I will fight any boxer to get my hands on it. I’ve had my eyes on a few opponents and there is this one boxer in particular I would like. A fight with him would attract big attention and could be a big money spinner for both of us.

“I have to wait and see whether or not he is up for the challenge.  I’m  not names just yet because my main concern is on October 4th and I have to overcome that challenge first.”

While the infectiously exuberant young fighter has a November 11 target, he doesn’t as of yet know who will stand in the opposite corner in his ninth pro bout.

‘Insane’s’ original foe pulled out and he is awaiting conformation of the replacement, but the fighter, who has both acted as Carl Frampton sparring partner and barber, is confident of victory regardless of who he is pitted against.

“I’ve trained so hard for this fight so I am confident.  I just got word this morning my original opponent Michael Stupart has pulled out so my manager and coach Mark Dunlop and Tony Dunlop  are looking at a few options.

“One of the names was an undefeated prospect from England so it’s them sort of guys who I will be mixing with. I haven’t got a name yet but as I said I’ve trained good and hard for this fight, so whoever is in front of me in the ring come October 4th I’ll be ready for them. In fact not only will I be ready for them I will beat them. I will not loose my “0” that easy,” he added before predicting a knockout win.

“My prediction on my fight is that it will not go the full distance. I can assure that. My prediction on the show is that it will be the best small hall show ever to come to Belfast.”


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