Tiernan Bradley wants his opponent to stand so he can deliver for fight fans

Tiernan Bradley [1(1)-0] is hoping this weekend opponent is tough enough to allow him to show his true ability.

The exciting prospect will bring the curtain down on a bizarre 2020 in fitting fashion.

The Steven O’Rourke trained stylist trades leather in Malaga on Sunday, in what will be the last Irish action of 2020.

Bradley showed glimpses of the class people inside boxing circles often wax lyrical about, when coasting his way to a first round stoppage against Kornel Cendrowski on debut.

The Conor Slater advised fighter hopes this weekend’s opponent will show a bit more by way of resilience, so has more opportunity to show fight fans the talent he has at his disposal.

Speaking before Irish-boxing.com discovered Arnold Solano [14(0)-24(4)], a fighter that has only been stopped four times in 24 defeats, was his opponent, Bradley said: “I’m hoping to get an opponent who’s going to come to fight and let me bring out my true potential.

“I think [fans will be impressed] if my opponent stays on his feet long enough for me to showcase my talent. The lads in Spain are tough and they come to fight which is what you want if you want to grow as a professional.”

Although Bradley wants rounds he doesn’t see the fight going past three.

“The fights planned for six but he will lucky to see three,” he adds confidently.

The 23-year-old had entered 2020 having waited a period of time to turn over. One of two boxing brothers, the Dublin based Omagh native was hoping to have a very active year, only for Covid to hit.

With that in mind he is content to have two fights in the tail end of a turbulent year.

“It’s a great way to end a terrible year for combat sports in general. No crowds to spur you on and not enough shows been put on, but you have to take the good with the bad and keep on trucking.”

Another bonus is to get out before Christmas. While some of his stablemates will have to reign things in, considering they have fights in January, Bradley will be free to let his hair down somewhat.

“It’a great to not have to worry about making weight or nothing over Christmas but it won’t be all mad as I’m planning to have an early start to 2021.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com