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New Year’s Resolutions: Con Sheehan hoping to wrap up Irish title and kick on

Tipperary heayweight Con Sheehan [4(1)-0] is planning to “kick on” in 2017 as his up-and-down pro career finally seems to be settling down.

Following a spell in California under Virgil Hunter, the Clonmel big man relocated to Bolton and Peter Fury’s gym. While his time in America was largely fight-less, his activity cranked up following the move to Bolton.

However, while he grabbed three quickfire wins, and title eligibility, in the Autumn, 27 year old Sheehan was left slightly disappointed with where he finished 2016.

The former Elite amateur spoke to Irish-Boxing.com and described how “2016 was up and down for me. I was close to nearly packing it in with the frustration of not getting fights and what not – but I’m delighted with how it turned into a great camp and I’ve been kept very busy, so it’s all good. I’m not where I’d like to be at the minute but I’m on the right track.”

Sheehan plans to move along this track quickly, and he outlined how “hopefully I’ll get about 6+ fights this year, get the Irish title wrapped up soon enough, and kick on from there.”

“I want, and need, improvement in every part of my game, but the bigger the fight the better I’ll perform in.”

In terms of the Irish title, Dublin rival Sean Turner is the name mentioned most frequently as a potential opponent, but ‘Con The Bomb’ isn’t fussed who he fights. Sheehan noted how “there’s nobody in particular I want to fight, whichever fight moves me up the ladder the fastest is what I want.”

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

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