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Momentum building for Feargal McCrory ahead of “biggest challenge to date”

The career of Feargal McCrory [5(2)-0] is going from strength to strength and the Tyrone super featherweight is looking to continue this on the big stage on Saturday.

Off the back of a stunning step-up stoppage win over Jay Carney in April, ‘Fearless Feargal’ goes up in level again on the Matchroom ‘Belfast Boy’ card at the SSE Odyssey Arena.

On the Lee Haskins v Ryan Burnett IBF bantamweight world title undercard McCrory will take on recent BBBoC Midlands Area champ Paul Holt [6(2)-4(2)] over six rounds.

The well-supported Coalisland southpaw has been building momentum in recent months. Moving quickly through the ranks, McCrory is becoming a bit of a local celebrity in the tiny Tyrone town.

“I can feel it [momentum building], young lads ask me for photos on the street, people stop me and talk about my career and boxing in general which is amazing and there are people contacting me about tickets that I’ve never met before – so everything is going well at the moment,” McCrory told Irish-Boxing.com.

Expect this to multiply should he score an impressive win on Saturday night, where he looks likely to be feature on the Facebook Live portion of the card.

The 24 year old has spoken of his desire to be picked up by a major promoter and the John Breen-guided fighter admits that he would like to catch Mr Hearn’s eye, although getting the win comes first.

McCrory outlined how “we have a job to do and a performance to concentrate on, if something comes from it, great, if not then so be it. It would be nice to leave an impression though.”

“I’ve thought about that quite a bit [impressing Hearn] but it doesn’t bring any added pressure.”

McCrory has never been past four rounds in his career, and has boxed less that 16 in total. By comparison, ‘The Incredible Holt’ has gone the ten round distance before and has almost 50 stanzas under his belt altogether.

The Ulsterman is expecting a tough test, indeed he stated that “I believe it’s my biggest challenge to date. He’s a former champion which will give him a higher sense of pride and he will also want to get straight back into title contention.”

“He’s a southpaw who comes forward and is very busy so it’s about executing the gameplan, one round at a time.”

“We took a few things from our last fight. Both good and bad and tried to improve on them all. It’s been another hard camp and I’m ready for the challenge that lies ahead.”

“I do believe it’s going to be a very hard six rounds but it’s a challenge I’m relishing. Nothing less than a punch perfect performance will be enough.”

The Burnett-Haskins undercard at present also features an Irish cruiserweight title fight between Luke Watkins and Ian Tims, James Tennyson v Ryan Doyle, Paul Hyland Jr v Adam Dingsdale and appearances from Carl McDonald, Sean Magee, Matt Wilton, Tyrone McCullagh, Padraig McCrory, Paddy Gallagher, and the return of Mike Perez.

Tickets for ‘Belfast Boy’ on June 10th at the SSE Odyssey Arena cost £30, £40, £60, £100, and £150 (VIP), and can be bought from the boxers involved or HERE.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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Joe O'Neill

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