Sean Duffy- remember the name or in the case of the British Board of Control don’t make a fuss of it!
The Armagh fighter has been keen to start the process of making a name for himself since the turn of the year, but revealed due to issues with said name he had his debut postponed.
The British Boxing Board of Control prevented the Commonwealth Games medal winner from debuting on the Luke Keeler Conrad Cummings undercard because another Sean Duffy already held a licence.
The issue continued to rare it’s head up and until the day before he finally got to trade leather for pay in the Ulster Hall on Friday night, but now having sorted out things the 27 year old is ready to get his name out there by fighting on a regular basis.
“It was good I really enjoyed it. It’s been a long time coming. I was meant to fight on the Keeler Cummings show, but the British Board of Control never passed the name for some reason,” Duffy told Irish-boxing.com after his debut win over Antonio Horvatic.
“I have the same name as some British fighter (Shaun Duffy) and up and until this week it was still going on. There is another Sean Duffy but he spells it different, so I had to change to my name to Sean Gerrard Duffy. But even at the weigh in it was Sean O’Duffy and that on some pieces of paper. I had three different names at the weigh in. At that stage I said nothing I just wanted to get in there and fight and I am glad I have done that.”
Fight Duffy did and he managed to secure a second round stoppage in the shows opener.
The fighter was happy with a performance he broke down post the win.
“I felt ok. We have changed opponent three times in the few week, but I got a tough one and it went our way. We knew he would work a bit coming into the fight and we knew he could take a punch- and so he did.
“I was hitting him solid right for the first round, I could feel it with the smaller gloves and he didn’t really flinch. My body where my thing in camp and I eventually got one on him, but funny enough when I step back I found that shot.”
Duffy had knocked back offers to turn over in the past and was slow to ditch the vest, but now having tasted pro life he wants more.
The former Holy Trinity fighter is so keen to be kept active that he has a fight every two week dream.
“I am looking to be as busy as possible. I just want to get as many fights as possible. I am 27 and I have a lot of experience in boxing so maybe I can be moved quicker.
“I never let myself get out of shape. I have a gym in Armagh where I live and I am always sparring with lads day in day out. Literally there are weeks where I am in the ring every day. So I’d be happy to fight every two weeks. It wouldn’t bother me to fight that regular. The more fights the better.”
Manning Duffy’s corner on Friday was Harry Hawkins a respected amateur coach, who had massive pro success with the likes of Bernard Dunne and Harry Hawkins.
The new to the game pro is delighted to have that kind of experience in his corner.
“I put 100 percent of my trust in Harry. He always seems to know what to say. After the first round he gave me the perfect game plan and when I changed it up I got the stoppage. You only have to see what he did with Bernard Dunne and Brian Magee that says enough.”