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Pádraig McCrory promises to be better than ever on Conlan Homecoming bill

Pádraig McCrory [3(2)-0] is looking to grab his share of the spotlight after being confirmed as part of a sensational Michael Conlan undercard.

McCrory returns to the SSE Odyssey Arena, the place of his of his debut last Summer, after securing a place on the June 30th bill.

With Conlan fighting for the first time in Ireland the Belfast fighter won’t grab centre stage, nor will he have chief support attention due to the fact their are two high profile derbies as well as title fights for Paddy Gallagher and Tyrone McCullagh on the card, but the hard-hitting ticket-seller is hoping to create some noise on the Queensberry-Top Rank bill next month.

The 29-year-old super middleweight, whose last win was a brutal one punch knockout of Manny Bique back in February, is planning on making the most of his time on the big stage and showing the watching public that he is one to watch out for.

“It was brilliant when I discovered I was fighting on the bill. Everyone was trying to get on it,” McCrory told Belfast Live.

“It is a privilege for me to be fighting on Mick Conlan’s undercard. I know a lot of fighters who would love to be in my position, so I never take anything for granted. It is exciting, and I can’t wait to get in there and prove how good I am.”

“I am training hard and I am fully focused on June 30th. I think people will see the best Padraig McCrory on the night. I am hitting personal bests in the gym. I am stronger. I am faster. So there will be no excuses.”

It hasn’t been the perfect first year for the popular Ray Ginley-trained talent. He saw a number of fights fall through including one scheduled for the cancelled Frampton-Gutierrez show.

However, he is delighted to be back at a venue that has played host to so many big fight nights and on a card of such magnitude.

“I loved my pro debut in there,” McCrory said.

“I feel the bigger the occasion, the better I am. I rise to the pressure and I love that stage,” he added ahead of his appearance on an undercard which also features Gary Cully, Taylor McGoldrick, and gym-mate Lewis Crocker.

The St James’s man is likely to face journeyman opposition on June 30th due to time constraints and after having had four months out but will be hoping to use the night as a springboard into a big fight.


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