AUGUST 1 Jonny Stapleton
Tony Bates claims he is on his way up Down Under after he made a winning start to his pro career in Olympic Park Sports Centre, Homebush, New South Wales last Friday.
The “Irish Psycho” claimed his first pro victim, Jason Mac Gura (1-2-1), via a 40-35, 40-36, 39-37 points on the under card of stable mate Billy Dibs World featherweight title victory.
Now, after getting a taste of pro boxing action the ‘Irish Psycho’ is mad to get out again and plans to be dishing out the pain in a Hurtsville hosted show later this month.
“I am happy to get a win under my belt. I am out again with a quick follow up on August 26 in Hurtsville Sydney in either a four or six round contest,” Bates told www.irish-boxing.com.
The former St Matthews amateur has no regrets about moving to Australia. He believes the expanding Ozzie boxing scene and having a World champ in his stable will only help him progress.
Bates also reckons Irish fighters can have a massive impact on the pro scene in Oz and along with the likes of Denis Hogan and Scott Belshaw hopes to represent Ireland with distinction Down Under.
“I think Oz boxing is in a great place. They have two World champs Daniel Geale and my club mate Billy Dib. I think Irish fighters can have a huge impact over here and I intend to establish myself as a prime example. Considering I am being trained by one of the worlds best in Billy Hussein I think I am in the best position possible. I also get to train with great fighters such as new world champ Billy Dib, Garth Woods and Paul Flemming. Not to mention the stable is packed with other young prospects coming through. I feel like the only way is up for “The Irish Psycho”.”