World-ranked Super-Lightweight Darragh Foley is confident of adding the IBF European Title to his list of achievements this weekend.
The Australia-based Irishman (15-2-1, 8 KOs) arrives in London to take on the unbeaten Akeem Ennis Brown (11-0) at York Hall – live on BoxNation – on a packed MTK Global card.
With the 140lb scene buzzing both domestically and internationally, Foley is eager to use the occasion as a springboard to booking clashes with even bigger names.
Foley, who has won WBA, WBO and WBC ranking titles already, said: “I’m excited to get in there again. There’s no added pressure for this one. It’s no big thing for me because I’ve headlined TV cards in Australia for years.
“It’s just another day at the office for me. I won’t let the occasion get to me.
“We know Brown is tricky if you let him be. He’s got an unconventional style and he can make it an ugly fight. I never worry too much about what my opponent’s going to do, though. I just worry about myself.
“I’ll just go in and let it flow and victory on Friday night will give me a great springboard for 2019. It’ll finish the year off on a high just like I started it by beating the world No. 8.
“I’ll be perfectly placed for big fights in 2019.
“I’m in super shape heading into this one. I’ve been in Boston working hard and I was in good shape even before I came out here. I’ve sparring against bigger, stronger, heavier men and I’m learning every day.
“This is the second camp I’ve done out under Hector Bermudez. I also brought over my strength and conditioning coach so it’s been a perfect partnership between the two of them. Everything has been catered for and I’m raring to go.”
Joining Foley v Brown on the bill is Larry Ekundayo’s IBF European Welterweight defence against Louis Greene.