It’s seems fitting that not long after one Sligo manager prompted people to upgrade Sean Creagh’s ring moniker from ‘Creaghsy’ to ‘Creaghzy Horse’ that the Dubliner was coming out out with philosophical statements.
‘”He who doesn’t dare, doesn’t” the recent BUI Celtic Warrior title challenger told Irish-Boxing.com this week when asked about his defeat to Tyrone McKenna in Belfast on Saturday night.
Some were, and still are, questioning the Tallaght fighter’s decision to take on such a skilled former amateur of note in just his fifth fight. While all the hype and interest it generated proved it was a fan-friendly move, experienced managers and those fans that play ‘armchair’ promoters have questioned the decision.
Creagh, himself has no regrets despite suffering the first defeat of his career against a fighter, who excelled on the night.
You sense an element of pride that he stepped away from the norm and proved he is a true fight anyone, anywhere, anytime operator.
Creagh has also taken a lot from the fight and is keen to look on the bright side.
“I wont sulk. I’d be back in the gym already only for my bicep is gone. I have to see specialist to see what the issue is,” he told Irish-Boxing.com
I will take the positives from the fight. People now know I don’t duck anyone. I will fight any one and they know I mean that now.
“I also got a good TV slot. Lots of people were watching and know my name even if I lost. That fight, the build up, and being on a massive show will stand to me when its my turn again, which it will be for sure. I learnt more from that loss than I did in all my past fights.”
McKenna produced a career-best performance against his fellow Irish light welterweight to claim the Celtic Warrior title, and Creagh admits the Belfast fighter was better than he had originally thought.
“I had a few injuries and that maybe changed the course of the fight, but I can’t take anything from Tyrone he is a good fighter. He was better than I thought and taller to be honest. He judged the distance well and tied me up well when I got inside.”
Before they traded blows on the Boxnation-broadcast show, the pair indulged in verbal sparring in the build up. Creagh was particularly aggressive during fight week and seemed to upset his foe, but he claims that his talk was tactical.
The Dubliner explained that “there is no, and never was, bad blood. I just wanted to goad him into having a war, which would have suited me all day, but he stuck to his game plan fair play to him.”
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