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Opponent problems pose no problem for Con Sheehan

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Con Sheehan [3(1)-0] claims he has been unaffected by the uncertainty surrounding his opponent for his long-awaited Irish debut on Saturday night in Belfast.

The Tipperary heavyweight had hoped to fight for the Irish title in what will be just his fourth pro fight. An eligible opponent could not be found for ‘The Bomb’ and a step-up against Englishman Dave Allen was then sought. This match-up also went up in smoke, leaving Sheehan to face Plymouth-based Pole Kamil Sokolowski [2(0)-7(2)-1] over eight rounds.

The Clonmel man is not bothered by this opponent merry-go-round and told Irish-Boxing.com that “I’m more focused on myself, making sure I’m doing everything that I can, and keeping the head on the job regardless who it is I face.”

“It’s a shame [not fighting for the Irish title]. It would have been nice to pick it up after four fights but we tried our hardest to get a fight with anybody eligible to fight for the belt and it wasn’t to be.”

“No doubt I’ll be picking it up soon though.”

It’s been two and a half years since his last fight in his homeland and, after time in California under Virgil Hunter and Bolton under Peter Fury, Sheehan promises that fans will see the improvement.

The 27 year old outlined that “it is my first fight in Ireland since the 2014 Seniors so i cant wait to get home and box again.”

“I wouldn’t so much say I’m a different fighter now, more so that I’m after sharpening up at what I am good at, and adding a lot more to my game as well. I feel great”

Following two fights in quick succession in England, Sheehan feels he is hitting his stride as a pro, but admits that there will be a butterfly or two ahead of clash in front of his home fans. The former elite amateur noted how “I’m starting to get comfortable and trying the stuff I’m showing in gym – but there’ll always be a little bit of nerves there, especially fighting in Ireland.”

“There is a decent crowd going up so I’m sure you’ll hear them all!”

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

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