So much has Alejandro Luna going for him that Paschal Collins had to take a big intake of breath before he could finish reeling off the IBF #10 ranked fighter’s qualities.
However, a list of positives as long as a Tyson Fury jab still isn’t enough to make ‘The Cowboy’ good enough to beat Stephen Ormond.
Luna has been hyped by PBC and American press and seen as a fighter on the cusp of stardom. Fifteen knockout victories from twenty fights have gone a long way to fueling the hype, but Collins is adamant his charge is just as talented and, despite being a pro for eight years, is just as hungry as the young up-and-comer.
“If you look at this guy on paper he is dangerous,” Collins told Irish-boxing.com.
“He is big for a lightweight, he is young and hungry, he is a Mexican, he has a good amateur background, we are going to his backyard, he is an Al Haymon fighter, he has big show experience, he is TV friendly, the list goes on. Whatever way you look at it, it’s a dangerous fight. But I know what Steve Ormond is capable of, I know what he can do and I know, despite all that. Ormond is the better fighter. I also know Ormond beats him.”
The Clondalkin 33 year old’s talent has never been brought into question, but unlike his opponent in Friday’s IBF World title eliminator, he has never got the promotional backing needed to turn talent into titles.
While that has proved frustrating his coach believes that it may prove an advantage in the latter stages of the ‘Rock’s’ career.
“It is great for him to get this opportunity and he more than deserves it. You look at these fighters in England at his weight getting these world title fight and you think Steve Ormond would beat them.”
“He has to do it the hard way and that seems always to be the case for him. He has an eliminator but with an undefeated guy with a big knockout ratio this week in his back yard. But those who do the hard way appreciate it more and when they get to the top they make sure they stay there.”
“They don’t lose it overnight because they haven’t had the protection of big promoters or TV companies on the way up. I always believe you reap what you sew and he has sewn more than anyone in this gym and he deserves to be a World champion. It has been tough for him but he will get there”.”
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