Pierce predicts pristine performance – undefeated English fighter to bring out O’Leary’s best

Pierce O’Leary [4(1)-0] believes Harry Limburn [6-0] will allow him to show fight fans what the hype is all about.

Having banked four quick journey man victories since turning over in October, the Dublin prospect has been handed a step up.

He faces a fellow undefeated novice in Limburn and is backing the 23-year-old Eastliegh native to bring the best out of him.

“I’m very excited about this step up,” the teen told Irish-boxing.com.

“I think this is the fight which is going to bring out one of my best performances so far.”

It’s not that O’Leary hasn’t impressed to date, in fact he navigated a tough debut and managed a stoppage win over hardened Belfast journey man Alex Bazza.

However, he maintains fighting opposition without real ambition hasn’t allowed him to show off his full arsenal – and that’s something he believes will change when he returns to the ring at the LS-Live on August 11.

“He’s going to try come at me, which gives me a better opportunity of opening him up and landing cleaner shots.”

Limburn brings a better record to the ring than O’Leary, but ‘Big Bang’ is confident he is the better of the two – and points to a shared opponent as proof.

“To be honest, I don’t know much about him all. I know that he has fought one of my fellow opponents Liam Richard.

“He had an complete war with Richard, when I was in there with him I enjoyed it. It didn’t find it tough. I picked my shots and set him up,” he adds before stressing having an undefeated fighter on the horizon hasn’t forced him to change his approach.

“No absoultley not,” he answers emphatically.

“I focus on every opponent that same way, I work my ass of in the gym. I soak everything up by listening and always pushing the body pass limits in camp. So I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and stay focused.”

The August clash will be the Inner City Dub’s fifth in less than a year. He has been kept busy, but due to lockdown is aware of what time out of the ring feels like.

He is eager to return, but it seems he has used the time wisely, reverting to some old school training.

“Lockdown was to bad to be honest,” he adds.

“Other than not getting to fight on the card, which was getting held on April 25th. We kept training and I kept busy. It was back to the basics when all the luxury got taken away with gyms and the like closed. It was back to the parks and beaches.

“I’m over the moon to have a date now and it’s perfect timing. I’m in incredible shape and came back to camp in really good condition, better than when I left for Covid 19,” he continues before thanking his management team for giving him a test on an ESPN+ streamed card.

“MTK Global know what I’m really about and know how cable I am of achieving to the highest level. They believe its a perfect platform to show case the best performance to date on just an amazing card. I’ve got to thank them a lot.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com