This time next year – Cooney has big Christmas 2021 plans

This time next year John Cooney [1(0)-0] wants to be mid preparation for a big fight or mid celebration post a big win.

The Galway based operator debuted successfully in Valencia on Saturday last – and believes the impressive start is just step one toward a big 2021 finish.

The Steven O’Rourke trained lightweight wants to stay busy from here on out and has his sights set on stepping up within the year.

“I’m looking to stay busy, so hopefully out early again a few times in the new year – and then I want a big end to 2021,” he told looking forward before looking back on a successful debut.

“Loved it! Having your pro debut out in Spain isn’t bad way to start. It was very professional so it went as smoothly as you could ask.”

Cooney had promised an explosive introduction to the paid ranks and while he was a clear winner he didn’t manage to get the stoppage.

The 24-year-old would have like an inside the distance win, but admits the rounds may have been needed.

“It would have been nice to start with a KO, but having been out of the ring three years getting four good rounds in will do me good moving forward,” he adds before further reflecting on the four round points win.

“I thought it was a good pro debut. My opponent [Cristian Abata] was no push over and he came to fight. It’s back to the gym to improve on it for the next one.”

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