IRISH LIGHTWEIGHT ACE STEPHEN ORMOND says he'll be the next fighter from the Emerald Isle to bring home a world title after he defeats Terry Flanagan on Saturday February 14 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
Dubliner Ormond defends his WBO European title against undefeated Manchester star Flanagan. The fight is also an eliminator for the WBO World title, currently held by American Terence Crawford. Ormond and Flanagan fight LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on BoxNation.
The 31-year-old aims to join fellow countrymen Andy Lee, the WBO World Middleweight Champion, and Belfast IBF World Super-Bantamweight Champion Carl Frampton, as Ireland's next world title holder.
"Irish boxing is going through a big revival at the moment and a victory against Flanagan will put me within touching distance of challenging for the WBO world title," said Flanagan.
"There's a big buzz over here with Andy Lee's great win over Matt Korobov for the WBO World Middleweight title and of course there's Carl Frampton. I aim to be the next boxer to bring glory back with a world title, but I have to beat Flanagan first.
"Over the years there have been so many great boxers to come out of here like Bernard Dunne, Wayne McCullough, Eamonn Loughran, Jimmy McLarnin, Barry McGuigan and, of course, Steve Collins, to name just a few. All great fighters and I want to join that list.
"Our gym is packed and buzzing with talent like Spike O'Sullivan, John O'Carroll, Luke Keeler, Ian Tims, Sean Turner, Steve Collins Jr, Neil Seery, the MMA fighter Conor McGregor and honorary Irishman Frank Buglioni. We all bounce off each other and push each other to be the best and become champions.
"It's going to be a war between me and Flanagan, an absolute war. I'm in the best shape I can be and I know that he's training his arse off over in Manchester, so you'll see two prime fighters in the ring going for it and putting everything on the line."
Ormond's trainer Paschal Collins, brother of Irish super-middleweight legend Steve, says that his charge is in fantastic shape and ready to fight Flanagan now.
"We've had a fantastic camp so far and Steve's in the best shape I've ever seen him in," said Collins.
"Ormond is ready for Flanagan and whatever he brings to the ring. While most orthodox fighters hate southpaws and get nervous, Steve loves them. He believes that Flanagan is made for him.
"This is the most important fight of his career and we know what's on the line. I can't see anything else than an Ormond win."
Promoted by Frank Warren and in association with P.J Rowson, the WBO European Lightweight clash between Ormond and Flanagan doubles as an Eliminator for the WBO World title.
The packed card also features:
- Hot Birmingham middleweight prospect Tommy Langford
- Welsh super-featherweight Craig Evans
- Swindon middleweight Jamie Cox
- Lightweight prospect Joe Costello
- Redditch middleweight Andrew Robinson
- Corby cruiserweight Simon Barclay
- Tipton light-heavyweight Ricky Summers
- Dudley light-middleweight Ryan Aston
- Swansea bantamweight Jay Harris
- The professional debut of Birmingham super-bantamweight Razza Hamza