New Year’s Resolutions: New pro Sean McGlinchey – “I don’t want to be sitting about”

Sean McGlinchey announced his decision to turn pro way back last June, but the initial offers received by the Derry man just weren’t right.

The Commonwealth bronze medalist would speak of his frustration, and noted how time was running out late last year. Indeed it seemed that, with a young family to support, McGlinchey may never get the chance to fulfill his pro dream.

Thankfully however, ‘Mummy’s Bhoy’ last weekend put pen to paper on a pro deal with young promoter Kieran Farrell and will make his debut, as chief support, on Saturday April 22nd at the Devenish Complex in Belfast.

Not only that, McGlinchey, who intends to campaign at super middleweight in the pros, will be trained in Donegal by former world champion Glenn McCrory.

All in all, it’s a heartwarming reversal of fortunes for the 24 year old who told how “the last couple of months have been hard. Not knowing what am doing, trying to stay focused and training, seeing all the shows around Ireland wishing I was in them.”

Happy with his new team, McGlinchey believes Farrell is the right fit, and described how “he seems a hard worker who puts everything into his shows and most importantly he wants to put the boxer first. Let’s just say he has big plans in time to come.”

In terms of McCrory training him, it was a no-brainer, and the Oak Leaf boxer pointed out how “I can’t see why anyone would turn down training with a former world champion. I am excited to start working with him and can’t wait for him to push me to my limits and bring the champion out in me.”

McGlinchey, who has previously spoken of his immediate Irish title desires, outlined how “the plan for 2017 is to get as many fights as possible, hopefully 4 or 5. I don’t want to be sitting about, I want to push on up the rounds as soon as I am ready.”

“I would describe myself as an exciting fighter, I will give it 100% from start to finish. I will give the fans so exciting fights.”

Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey look ahead to 2017 in episode 1 of The Irish Boxing Show

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