June 24 Jonny Stapleton
Philippe Frenois is in no mood to be punished by the Punisher Patrick Hyland in the National Stadium tomorrow night and plans to take the WBF super featherweight title back to France.
The tough French fighter claims despite his comic book alias, Hyland, who looked super fit at the weigh in, isn’t unbeatable and he is confident he will ruin the South Circular Road party.
The highly ranked fighter is confident he can take the strap at the Tallaght fighters expense and claims he will use it to propel himself to the top of the boxing game.
Frenois stressed tomorrows bout is the most important of his career and stated his preparations and desire to win will be visible in a wining performance.
Frenois also dismissed suggestions the Irish crowd could play a part, claiming he never struggles from travel sickness.
“I have come over to Ireland to win. I have trained hard and I am ready to upset the Irish fans tomorrow night,” the French fighter (14-3)told www.irish-boxing.com. “This is the most important fight of my life and that will be visible in my performance. I take every fight seriously and see it as a chance to step up a level, but a title fight is even more important. I really want to win that belt. If I win the title I can progress to the next level and get big fights. I started to box because I want to compete at the top,” he added before turning his nose up at Hyland’s sensational shape and his boxing pedigree.
“I don’t worry about what my opponent can do. He has a good name and record but I am able to beat anyone when I am fit and ready. Once I am fit, ready and prepared I know I can win. I have fought in Ukraine, Germany and Spain and travelling is not a problem for me. The crowd tomorrow won’t affect me and won’t stop me from winning.”
Meanwhile Dublin prodigal son, Stephen Ormond claims he is under no pressure to perform on his big home coming. The talented Frank Warren promoted fighter returns to the Stadium were he impressed winning Irish amateur titles, but stressed he will approach his return bout like any other.
The fighter, who was tipped to succeed Bernard Dunne as Ireland’s biggest star, revealed he is just two wins away from a title shot and hinted the next time he will be back in Dublin will be on a big Warren Card.
“It my first time in the Stadium as a pro and I very excited about that,” Ormond told www.irish-boxing.com at today’s weigh in.
“But I am not feeling any pressure. There is no point in putting pressure on yourself. It is pressure enough getting in the ring. I will approach this fight as I would any other even if it is in front of my home fans. Frank(Warren) has talked about putting a show on here latter in the year. But I have to get over this lad first. I am not underestimating him whatsoever,” he added before predicting a big 2011.
“This year will be a good year for me. I want more fights more rounds and more prestigious opponents. I need 11 fights for title shot so I plan to win this one and then hopefully my next bout, which should be on a Ricky Burn’s under card. Frank has said there is title shot for me in September. I am not sure if it s a Commonwealth, Celtic or EU title, but I titles is what I am itching for now.”