Ormond to fight former British Champ Paul Appleby

By Jonny Stapleton

Stephen Ormond says friendship will go out the window when he steps in the ring to fight Paul Appleby for the Celtic super featherweight title in Glasgow in March.

The perennial Irish prospect has become close to the former British Champion as the duo regularly appeared in separate fights on Ricky Burn’s under cards. However, the Celtic Gym fighter is adamant he will be nasty not nice in a bid to win what he views as massive breakthrough fight on March 10.

The Clondalkin fighter, who was tipped to fill the Dublin void left by Bernard Dunne’s retirement, claims he will also be spurred on by the drama surrounding his decision to withdraw from a clash with Kevin Mitchell last month.

The former St Matthews Amateur is keen to turn potential into titles and is determined to defeat the Scot.

“It is a great boost to hear that fight is confirmed. It gives you a push. Appleby has a name behind him, but I think I have the tools to beat him,” Ormond told Mirror Sport.

“Me and Paul have become mates over the last while and he is a nice lad, but all that goes out the window when we get in the ring. I am hungry for this title. I the Kevin Mitchell incident has just motivated me more. I also like fighting in Glasgow it’s a great city and the fans are great there.”

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