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McVarnock: Marbella bout is Thomond consolation

It’s not quite Thomond Park or a World title bill, but Ciaran McVarnock claims his ‘Lights Out at the Plaza’ bout tonight is personal consolation for the fall of Andy Lee vs Billy Joe Saunders in Ireland.

The Belfast super featherweight was due to fight on the massive Limerick fight night on September 19 and was gutted to hear it was cancelled.

However, he has taken solace in the fact he secured a new fight night and at the very least his camp didn’t go to waste.

“I was gutted to hear about the Thomond card,” McVarnock told Irish-boxing.com.

“It was a big opportunity for me to fight on such a massive show in front of so many people. It would have got me great exposure and I was excited about fighting back in Ireland.

“This fight in Spain makes up for it tough. I would have had to wait to November to fight again. Where this fight keeps me active keeps me feet planted in the gym.”

Manchester based McVarnock stayed in the gym in hopes of picking up another bout and claims he is fit and raring to go ahead of his Spainish debut.

“After the Thomond show got cancelled I stayed training in the gym, but I went off the diet. I’m fit and ready but I did have to work on losing a few pounds. But I wanted to fight and that’s what I have to do to fight.”

The Arnie’s Gym puncher’s four opponents have all been named last minute and he goes into tonight’s clash with the same dilemma. However, he isn’t to upset and is confident of making it five straight wins since turning over in Marbella tonight.

“A late opponent makes no difference to me. In my last few fights I have had opponents pull out at last minute and replaced with a new one so it doesn’t really bother me not knowing my opponent. I have just got to do the buisness no matter who I face and find a way to get that win when I’m in that ring.”

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