Stephen Ormond is on the verge of a desired World title shot claims coach Pascal Collins.
‘The Rock’ takes on Orlando Vazquez, a fighter Collins believes shouldn’t give him a Hallowe’en scare, on the Monster Brawl card in Massachusetts on Friday night and, if he emerges victorious, his next clash will either be an eliminator for a World title or a World title fight itself.
Indeed, after pushing his record to 19-2 with a routine win over Micheal Clark in Micky Ward’s home town of Lowell on October 10, the Dubliner was offered the chance to challenge former Patrick Hyland foe Javier Fortuna for his WBA super featherweight strap.
However, Ormond is now looking toward campaigning at light welterweight and his super featherweight days are long gone. Collins is confident another opportunity to rule the world will present itself in the New Year. Indeed he hints that Murphy’s Boxing and Al Haymon are on the case.
“This is his second fight with Murphy’s boxing and his second fight in the space of three weeks. He was training down in Florida for this fight and was getting some good sparring with some Mexican kids,” Collins told irish-boxing.com.
“He is looking forward to it. He has a good fight with a fighter that has been in with good fighters, but it is a fight I expect Stephen to win. It is a keep-busy fight and then we are looking at a big one after Christmas, maybe an eliminator for a World title or possibly a World title even. When we where at the last fight in Lowell there was a mention of Stephen fighting Javier Fortuna. They thought Ormond was super feather, but at the moment he is light welterweight, but he can make lightweight for a title.
“They are talking about World title fights for Stephen Ormond right now.”
The 32 year old former Irish amateur International came within one win of a World title fight while he fought in Britain under Frank Warren. Ultimately ‘The Rock’ blames no one but himself for his defeat to now World champ Terry Flanagan, but has admitted he feels a lot more love from his new promoters Murphys Boxing, a sentiment echoed by Celtic Warrior Gym boss Collins.
“Stephen Ormond is a entertaining fighter that puts bums on seats. The problem he had in the UK was they put him on shows, but when it came to the big fights they more or less protected their own fighters. I don’t mean that to run down the likes of Terry Flanagan, but the fact is in a close the home fighter gets the advantages. For the first time in his career he is going to be protected by his promoter and that will do his World title hopes all the good in the World.”