By Jonny Stapleton
Michael Sweeney is set for a European title tilt with Eduard Gutknecht this winter, but first must over come the challenge of Billy Boyle in the Summer town of Brighton on Saturday night.
The Irish light heavyweight, who recently stopped John Waldron in an all Mayo clash in Castlebar, travelled to Germany last weekend and verbally agreed to challenge the reigning EBU champ.
Sweeney, however, first has to travel to Brighton to over come the challenge of former Commonwealth title challenger Billy Boyle in the top of an Assassins Promotions bill.
The Storm certainly isn’t over looking a fighter, that shared the ring with world champion Nathan Cleverly and was a former Tony Oakley Prizefighter foe.
Sweeney claims he has maintained the strict training regime he employed for the Waldron fight and dumped the preperation style he used for the Ian Tims loss and believe he is fitter and stronger than ever.
“I am fighting Billy Boyle on the top of a bill in Hove Town Hall in Brighton. I am not expecting an easy fight despite the fact he has lost his last few. He is a good experienced fighter. He has mixed it with some good pros. He fought Nathan Cleverly who went on to win to World title,” Sweeney told www.irish-boxing.com.
“I am confident. I feel great. I can see the improvement in me and I think I am fitter and stronger than I was when I fought Waldron. I knew this fight was coming up so kept on training. I have a busy period ahead of me and it looks like it could end in a European title fight.”
Sweeney, 28, has shown glimpses of quality throughout his career to suggest he is beyond domestic level, but dedication and a lack there of is rumoured to have been his Achilles heel.
However, with potential European title in sight the Mayo man seems to have a new drive and something to aim for.
“I was over in Germany over the weekend and we discussed the European title fight. I am just one or two wins away from it now. I am really excited about that. I need to get tests in between too and Boyle will certainly provide one.”