Sean McGlinchey to turn professional

2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Sean McGlinchey has expressed his intention to turn professional.

The Derry fighter spoke exclusively to Irish-Boxing.com and revealed that he is ready to ditch the vest and start punching for pay.

The ambitious 24 year old doesn’t intend to hang around once he turns over either, and explains that “I would love to challenge for the Irish title within a year.”

“I want to work hard and get to the top and be involved in Ireland’s, and the World’s, biggest fights.”

Recently McGlinchey served as chief sparring partner gor Eamonn O’Kane in the lead up to his countyman’s IBF middleweight title eliminator with Tureano Johnson.

Indeed the recently retired ‘King Kane’ serves as an inspiration to the Oak Leaf BC prospect who promises to “follow in the footsteps of past Derry boxing superstars.”

McGlinchey stormed into the semi finals in Glasgow, before being defeated by eventual gold medalist David Nyika of New Zealand.

A light heavyweight (81kg/178.5lbs) in the amateurs, the Ulster man plans to cut down to the super middleweight (76.2kg/168lbs) division in the pros.

While managerially and promotionally unattached at the present moment, McGlinchey has already attracted intrest from England, and is currently considering his options.

The Irish 168lbs division is currently ruled by JJ McDonagh, who recently defended his title against Darren Cruise. Additionally, there is another former amateur star, Chris Blaney of Navan, who makes his professional debut next weekend at the National Stadium.

All will be targets of McGlinchey in the near future, and we would like to wish Sean all the best with his career move.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie