What more do you want? – Darragh Foley calls for strong promotional backing

Darragh Foley [19(9)-4(0)-1] is adamant he is the fighter Australian promoters need to throw their weight behind.

‘Super’ was brought in as an opponent for prospect Ty Telford by No Limit Boxing Promotions on the undercard of Tim Tszyu’s latest win this midweek.

The Aussie based Dub’s pre fight approach, as well as his reputation as a war loving power puncher, ensured the clash became one of the most eagerly anticipated Down Under fights of the year.

The fight certainly lived up to it’s billing and has since been labelled ‘The Australian Fight of the Decade’.

Speaking after winning the all action TV broadcast war, the 30-year-old southpaw wondered why promoters were not getting ‘behind’ him.

Foley argues he is the full package and deserves the benefits that come with strong promotional backing. He also suggests promoters would benefit from getting behind such a charismatic talent.

“Look at this, what was the crowd like, ‘Super’ the whole way through,” he said after the points win.

“I go out there and put my heart on the line. Why don’t these people [promoters] get behind me?

“I’m based in Australia now, come at me with a three or four fight plan. Let’s get behind me! Can you not see that following, can you not see my charisma, I fight like a warrior, I’m extremely good looking. What more do you want?”

After sharing 10 tough rounds with the 23-year-old, the Blanch native put aside any bad blood to herald his opponents guts.

“I’m a hard fucking man, he’s a hard man as well. He chatted a lot of shit he was saying ‘your a bum’. Don’t call any fighter a bum especially a fighter with my credentials, but he apologized in the ring, he is a tough man. I think I broke my left hand off his jaw.”

Foley, who picked up an number of ranking titles this to the victory, secured a 97-93, 95-94, 93-96 split decision win.

He was dropped in the eight, but finished strong and believes the final two rounds were crucial.

“That fight was close. I didn’t know how close it was, they said in the last round go out and win it and I nearly put him away. I would of died in that ring tonight. When the final bell went he knew he had been beaten by me,” he adds before expanding.

“He felt strong in the clinches, but he gassed out. He was fighting for the last minute of every round. I was popping him and then he’d come on strong the last minute. The rounds are three minutes not one minute. I definitely felt by the ninth and 10th round I came on strong. I felt him wilt in there.”

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