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Mystic Martin Quinn makes KO prediction for second fight

Martin Quinn [1(1)-0] promised a second round knockout on his debut and duly delivered, now the Crumlin lightweight wants to go one better.

While Marcin Ficner met his end in the second round in September, the man standing in the opposite corner this Saturday will fall in the first.

That’s the official prediction of Quinn ahead of his clash with tough Spaniard Iago Barros [2(1)-7(0)-2] on the Celtic Clash 4 bill at the National Stadium

The Galician looks to be a big step up and tough fight for the Dubliner. Just last week he stopped unbeaten Swiss prospect Julien Calvete, a former Swiss Elite champion as an amateur, in the fourth round of their bout in Geneva

Quinn though has done his homework, and confidently told Irish-Boxing.com that “I’m going to knock him out in the first round.”

“I’ve had a look at him. He hasn’t been stopped, but I’ll stop him. I’ve watched him on YouTube, all he does is throw a nice overhand right, that’s about it.”

“He’s nothing to me, I’m going to knock him out, definitely. He’s nothing else about him, it says it on his record, he’s a journeyman. He’s not going to want to be near me with these eight ounce gloves on.”

Quinn, who recently linked back up with legendary Crumlin coach Phil Sutcliffe Sr, stressed that he won’t be reckless.

“Don’t get me wrong,” he said, “I’m not going to look for the knockout.”

“To be honest, I’d rather the four rounds, I’d rather the experience but I think I will knock him out in the first because I’m a lot more confident going into this one. I was a bit nervous for the last one, that’s all gone now.”

Looking back on his debut win, the 30 year old sees room for improvement, and noted how “I want to start throwing more bodyshots.”

“The knockdown at the end of the first round, I started with a bodyshot. I’d like to start throwing more bodyshots, that’s the main thing, I want to start working the body a lot more.”

“For some reason I always go to the head, but a bodyshot knockdown, it looks deadly.”

“Other than that, I thought I was grand. I took my time, kept picking him off, hitting and hurting him and it just came to me.”

Quinn is ambitious, and wants to be progressed quickly.

Not one to get tied-up in the business of political sides of the game, he outlined how “I box because I like boxing. I’m in boxing because I like boxing. I love to get in and have a barny.”

“Don’t get me wrong, I like getting money too, but I make nothing off these fights. I’d give the tickets away if I could, I’d rather the people here supporting me than the money, at the moment.”

“When I have a few fights under my belt, then I’ll go for big fights. I’m going to have this fight, then another, then I want a six-rounder. None of this hanging about.”


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