Sean Creagh’s ring performances are almost a metaphor for the Tallaght man’s approach to the noble art outside the ring.
Creagh [4(2)-0] is a seek-and-destroy merchant, is in a rush to get big fights, and is interested in accumulating wins not rounds.
Most fighters say they are not overlooking their opponent, but on Saturday night the undefeated novice light welterweight prospect looked liked one of those old school western film actors intent on pushing aside a peace maker so he could get involved in a bar room brawl.
There was a real ‘get the job done’ feel to the 27 year old’s approach, and he looks hungry to get past the journey man stage so he can get involved in some meaningful scraps.
“Get the job done! Get people like that out of there,” Creagh said when speaking to Irish-boxing.com following his stoppage win over Gyula Tallosi.
“As I said before the fight, if I can’t beat people like that I am wasting my time in this game.”
“Whats the point in holding back to get rounds in? I do the work in the gym and I fight to win.”
“If I can get people out of there like that all the time I’d be happy.”
“I know from the gym I can do 10, even 12, rounds and if I have to pile the pressure on for 12 rounds I can,” he continued before talking about the stoppage.
“I knew I was hurting him as soon as I started to land to the body. They were right to throw in the towel, another body shot and he was gone and if he stayed brave he would have got hurt.
“That was my first time fighting in the main ring in the Stadium and I am glad I performed like that in a ring that so many good names have graced.”
The impatient puncher, who comes from a white collar rather than stellar amateur background, might have a meaningful fight in the pipeline. He is on a collision course with friend and former sparring partner Stephen Shortty Carroll. The pair look set to challenge for a title in Dublin in December. Creagh has prioritised rounds next in a bid to become title eligible, but is willing to take on his fellow unbeaten Dub in September if needs must.
“I want more rounds next, I am only getting warm with four.”
“I would love an eight rounder next, but I want someone who can take some punishment and will come back with more shots.”
“Upping the rounds is the priority for me next, but I am ready whenever Shortty is. When he wants it we can get it on.”
It’s hard to imagine Creagh fighting any other way than coming forward and loading up. Indeed, the fighter, who took up boxing to change the shape of his body and get fit, admits he loves nothing more than to do a bit of body work, and it’s certainly something Carroll will have to be aware of when they do eventually meet.
“I love working the body and it’s something that slows people down. If I am in there for eight to 10 rounds those are the shots that will slow tougher lads down. Those are the shots that take their toll.”
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