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Stevie Collins reveals weight change plans ahead of Belfast bout

Former Irish and BUI Celtic light heavyweight title challenger Steve Collins Jr [13(4)-2(0)-1] claims he is on his way down to the 168lbs super middleweight division.

However, first ‘The Wolfhound’ is fully focused on competing in Belfast tomorrow night.

Collins fights at the Ulster Hall where he keeps busy with a six-rounder versus Latvian cruiserweight southpaw Arturs Kulikauskis [18(9)-39(9)-7].

His intention to move down comes as a surprise after his well-documented difficulties in making the 175lbs light heavweight limit for his two previous title fights as well as his acceptance of a BUI Celtic cruiserweight title fight versus Scot Jay McFarlane last November but the 200lbs fight would fall through.

However, something must have changed and Collins is excited by the new journey.

The Castleknock puncher explained how “I think I’m going to go down to super-middleweight after this fight. I’m looking forward to testing my skills in that weight class, but first things first I’ve got this bout on Friday.”

Collins has been hard at work at St Michael’s Inchicore under coach Steven O’Rourke and is delighted to be kept busy having been out on the last MTK Global card in Belfast.

The recently-turned-29-year-old outlined how “I’m excited to be fighting again. I’d get in the ring every weekend if I could, so I’m looking forward to getting in there and getting the juices flowing.”

“It’s great to be on the card with plenty of good fighters on the bill, and it’s going to bring a great crowd and a brilliant atmosphere to the Ulster Hall.”

Photo Credit: Laszlo Geczo Photography


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Jonny Stapleton

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