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Opponent Scout Report: August 5th

A quiet weekend for Irish fighter with just two pros in action on Friday night, but they will be in against top quality opposition.

Friday August 5th
2300 Arena, Philadelphia
Stephen Ormond [21(11)-2(1)] – Lightweight
‘The Rock’ faces Alejandro Luna [20(15)-0] in an IBF World title eliminator
– Record: Last fought in January when he beat Alan Herrera. Dominated faded former champ Cristobal Cruz last year.
– Style: Similar enough to Ormond, loves hooking inside attacks to the body, but less aggressive and uses jab more.
– Video: Luna’s win over Cristobal Cruz
– Verdict: A winnable World title eliminator for Ormond.
A good opponent.

Pechanga Resort & Casino, California
Chris Fitzpatrick [15(6)-4(2)] – Middleweight
‘The Irish Ghost’ takes on Rob Bryant [20(13)-0] over ten rounds.
– Record: In the last year has won the WBC Continental Americas and WBA-NABA titles with good wins over Louis Rose and Decarlo Perez. Recently called out Billy Joe Saunders.
– Style: Very powerful. Stalking considered style, every punch thrown with venom.
– Video: 2014 knockout of Tyler Hultin + a stunning one punch KO of Decarlo Perez.
– Verdict: A chance for Fitzpatrick to cause a massive shock live on CBS Sports.
A good opponent.

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