Steve Collins Jr has been studying hard and is feels ready to pass somewhat of a test at the Roadstone on Febraury 5.
The undefeated Cruiserweight puncher has suffered a frustrating period out of the ring having not fought since February of last year as a result of injuries, but as well as recuperating and spending time with his young daughter Collins has taken the time to further educate himself in all things boxing.
Injury meant the former pro Rugby player couldn’t hone his skills in the gym, but he has become a student of the noble art and is keen to employ all his has picked up watching the greats during his absence.
Collins, who fights returns on the MGM Friday card, boxed impressively in his last win and he is confident he will prove he has boxing skills as well brute force and will when comebacks next week.
“I am delighted to be back in the ring and it’s great to have a date to train for,” The Celtic Gym Warrior told Irish-boxing.com
“I had long and very frustrating year with injury after injury, but I am in a positive place now and I am happy to be training.
“With the injuries I couldn’t do a lot of training in the ring. What I did was a lot of thinking, I studied a lot of boxing, watched a lot of fights and I had time to spend with my daughter too who has just turned seven months, which was great.
I like to take bits from everyone. I don’t really copy one person completley as we are all different. I disgard what doesn’t work and take what I think will work wheter it’s Tyson’s jab, Julio Cesar Chavez head movement or even the Mayweather shoulder role. What ever works I’ll rob it.”
Collins was intially down to fight Chris Dixon, but now fights a yet to be officially confirmed foe.
The 25 year old believes his sevent opponent will provide him with the stiffest test of his career, but one he is intent on passing with flying colours.
“He has 11 fights, six wins and four loses. He has more knockouts than I have and more wins that I have. I watched a couple of his fights on you tube and I don’t think he lost the fights he wasn’t stopped in. He got stopped in couple and I will be looking to emulate the guys who knocked him out,” Collins added.
The son of former WBO super middleweight World champion and Irish fight legend Steve Collins impressed last time out and despite the lay off his keen to build on that more refined display and kick start a busy period with an impressive innings.
“In my last fight I really started to become a bit more of a boxer rather than just come in and try and punch the head of somebody. I was working on boxing prior to that fight and I have been working on it now so I will demonstrate that I am not just a brawler or a puncher, I have skills and I am a boxer.
“I want to busy. I want to be busy this year, next year and then the year after I want to be stepping up.”