The Newbridge boxer spent four years plying his trade in New York and is now hoping to put this experience to good use in Ireland.
The 25 year old spoke to Irish-Boxing.com about his American adventure and explained how “the experience, the sparring, and the fights over there was top notch.”
“You’re getting higher level opponents over there, you’re not jumping into easy fights, the lads are decent.”
“You’re stepping up each time you get a fight.”
“Even sparring over there, you’re getting top class sparring.”
Indeed Phelan plans to bring something a bit different to the domestic scene explaining how he was subject to “a different style of sparring too, it’s all American style which was nice.”
“It was nice to do it and say that I’ve done it.”
Now back in Ireland, Phelan has been ticking over in Paschal Collins’s Celtic Warriors Gym where he has plenty of company in-and-around his weight with the likes of Jono Carroll, Stephen Ormond, and Pajo Hyland.
With shows in the capital starting to re-emerge, the Lilywhite wants to be a part of the Dublin boxing revival and is waiting for the call to action. He explained that “I’m just in the gym trying to get ready, basically just waiting to get on a show over here in Dublin.”
If and when he is given a date it will be a welcome return for Phelan who admits that “I can’t even remember the last time I boxed over here.”
“It will be my first fight in Ireland in years, last time I boxed here I was an amateur and that was a long time ago, I’ve been out of the amateur scene a long time now.”