Exciting Limerick native Graham McCormack O’Shea 1-0 burst on to the scene at the end of 2017 in one of the most exciting debut fights of the year. The light-middleweight treated his travelling army of fans to a real all-action bout, and looking back ‘G-Train’ says at times he got caught up in the excitement of his debut –
“Look, the plan was to stick to my boxing, especially at the start. Eddie my trainer told me to try to stay calm, but with the buzz, music and supporters cheering me on I got a bit caught up in it. So it turned into a proper fight in there at times, but I think I showed good heart and that I can be in exciting fights. Obviously I could have made it easier by sticking to my boxing but I love to mix it up and get into a fight.”
Next up for Graham is a bout on the ‘Ring Kings‘ show on February 17th in Waterford. He’s training hard and making improvements and expects a big crowd down from his native city –
“Im back in camp since last week, im learning with Eddie & Tommy every day, picking new things up, like selecting shots better and working on my movement. I suppose after turning pro, im getting used to it now in terms of the training and the drills so I feel more comfortable in there each day.
“With the fight being close to home, im expecting some great support down for it. Limerick is a great boxing city, we’ve got some seriously talented guys there at the moment, especially in the amateurs. So they really get behind you, and in fairness I think my supporters would travel to Timbuktu to watch me fight never mind Waterford!”
With boxing in Ireland on the rise again, Graham firmly believes that he’s the man to put pro boxing back on the map in Limerick –
“100%, I honestly believe I’ll get pro boxing back in Limerick city. Like I said, it’s a real boxing town, great amateur scene and the fans down here are sport mad and they will get behind one of their own 100%. So for the moment it’s about taking it fight by fight, go from there and see where it leads me.”
Looking ahead and ‘G-Train’ wants to stay active and fight as much as possible. With the domestic scene buzzing, he wants to be a part of it and in the mix for big domestic fights –
“For me now, it’s just about staying active and getting out as often as possible. Im fresh and fit, I live a clean life so im always in good shape if the call comes. Looking at the domestic scene, it’s the best I’ve seen pro boxing in Ireland for a long time.
“With so many shows coming up there’s a lot of opportunity to go and fight. There’s some great fights domestically to be made and I just want to be part of that journey and in the mix, hopefully working towards title fights within the next year or so.
“Id also like to thank my sponsors for the support – Functional fitness, Dual nature, Springfield builders, Sms solutions, Unity gospel choir limerick, Living art tattoo studio, Rival nutrition, Frontline EMS, Progum, LT embroidery.
* Tickets for ‘Ring Kings‘ on February 17th in WATERFORD WIT are on sale and can be purchased through the fighters or from Ticketstop – https://ticketstop.ie/view.php?id=1678