The Clondalkin 33 year old was put out for the count in the fifth following a monstrous body shot from Hungarian Zoltan Szabo. While ‘The Rock’ had also touched down in the first, he was most likely ahead on the cards at the time.
Collins doesn’t feel that the loss will overly effect Ormond’s career and argued that the stoppage could happen to any fighter.
“This is boxing and in boxing this is one of the things that happens to the best of fighters. I always say it takes a million punches to build a career, but one punch can see you lose any fight,” the trainer told Irish-Boxing.com
“The lad landed a perfect liver shot, no fighter would have gotten up after that. It was perfectly timed and landed on the spot.”
Collins also revealed the Ormond has coped with the loss well, and described how “okay, Stephen was upset after, but when he watched it back he seen what everyone seen: he was winning the fight and got done by a good shot.”
“We didn’t over-react to the result. Stephen is fine and is already back training.”
“It wasn’t a case were he got beat up or took to many head shots he got done by a body shot in a fight he was winning.”
“He was on top and I honestly think he was a round away from a stoppage. Your man was buckling a bit, but pulled out a great shot.”
On Szabo, [now 12(6)-1(1)], Collins gave credit where credit was due, but doesn’t believe it was an overly risky fight. The gym boss, who also looks after the careers of the likes of Luke Keeler and Spike O’Sullivan, noted how Szabo “is a good fighter and we knew he could bang, but you can’t turn down fights like that if you want to call yourself a fighter.”
“It wasn’t as if he was 21-0 with a load of knock outs he was 11-1 and we knew he would give us the work out needed, but he went and did one better.”