One of Ireland’s top prospects Craig O’Brien is making a step-up in class and fighting for the Celtic light-middleweight title in only his 6th pro fight against the tough Welshman Lee Churcher (13-3-1). The Red Corner Promotions show will take place on Saturday, October 7th, and ahead of the bout KO Boxing News caught up with Craig –
KO – You’ve a big fight against Lee Churcher coming up on Oct 7th. It’s your 1st 8 rounder, has there been big adjustments in training for this fight?
CoB – Not a lot of changes but more working on new stuff and learning new stuff. There will be extra miles done on my running, extra rounds on the bag plus extra sparring, everything goes up a level now. But were doing everything right which is the main thing
KO – Looking at the fight, Lee has a good record (13-3-1) and mixed at a decent level, after only 5 fights was there any hesitation from you for this fight?
CoB – There was no hesitation whatsoever. I know that to win titles you have to have hard fights, you wont get handed titles in this game. So if it wasn’t Churcher it would be someone else
KO – Lee’s fought at middleweight, are you expecting him to have a size advantage on the night?
CoB – He fought at middle alright, but if he can make light-middle for this fight well then he is not really a middleweight, so we will see on the night what size he is. Size doesn’t win you fights but.
KO – Theres definitely been an increase in the amount of boxing shows in Ireland, with Red Corner & boxing Ireland promotions, how important is it for a fighter starting out to build momentum and fight regularly ?
CoB – There a lot of pro’s now in Ireland turning over which is a great thing for the sport and with regular shows it can only grow. But yeah, you need to have a plan set out because momentum is key. But if you havent got a plan just keep working away and doors will open for you.
KO – Looking domestically, there’s not a tonne of fighters at light-middle, would you be tempted to move up to middleweight if a big fight came up?
CoB – Thats it, domestically there’s not a lot of light-middleweights, so if the fight is right for me at middleweight of course I would take it.
KO – Looking ahead, whats your plan then for the next 12-18 months?
CoB – Over the next 12-18 months, the key for me first of all is to pick up this title, then we will defend it and move on to bigger things.
I also want to thank my sponsors – Carrick East Construction and Dublin Plumbing and Gas. Anyone looking for tickets for the fight can get me on 085-1078220.
‘Champions Elect‘ takes place on Saturday, October 7th in the National Stadium, Dublin, Tickets are now on sale.
Photo credit – Laszlo Geczo photography