Patience isn’t a virtue Sean Creagh has when it comes to his boxing career.
Indeed, so eager is the Tallaght puncher to put Teodor Nikolov behind him on Saturday night that he would prefer to secure his fifth pro win that early on the stacked Celtic Calsh 2 The Rising card that he is willing to forego a place high up the bill.
Seen as ‘Creaghzy Horse’s’ manager, Len Gunning is co-promoting the fight night with Tony Davitt, the 28 year old could have secured a place well up the card, but an honest Creagh admits these are not the kind of bouts that excite him and he just wants to get it done and over with.
“17 fights? I don’t want to be sitting around here waiting all night. Hopefully I am on around 9, somewhere in the middle, get it over with,” Creagh told Irish-Boxing.com.
“People don’t want to see me fight journey men. They want to see me in against names they can pronounce. They are the fights I came into boxing to get, hopefully I can win these and get another big fight soon.”
The kind of impatience Creagh displays is usually associated with fighters keen to get to title level and are frustrated with learning phase. It’s not too uncommon in boxing, but Creagh’s eagerness seems that bit different.
The fighter, whose sole reverse came when he jumped up the levels to fight Tyrone McKenna, just wants to be challenged. It comes across as if Creagh is as excited about competing in 50/50 clashes as fans are in watching them. He doesn’t want to be fast tracked toward title level rather just wants to be in good fights regardless of the perceived risks involved.
His manager has attempted to reign him in and there is a keep busy, bank a few wins plan in place, but that hasn’t stopped Creagh calling for a clash with Matt Wilton on Matchrooms return to Belfast on June 10.
“You know me! That fight just presented itself,” he explained regarding the call out.
“He is obviously going to be looking for an opponent and Sky are not going to want to put him in with anyone handy so you never know. Eddie didn’t put the money up yet, don’t mind giving it the thumbs up [on Twitter].”
“If I get that fight I am going to win. I think our styles would gel. He comes forward and gets in there.”
“He moves a little bit more than I do, but if he wants to make a statement he would have to stand and fight.
“I want to fight and I want those kind of fights. Lets be honest Matt Wilton isn’t a World beater, he is a good fighter, but it’s a winnable fight for me.”
“I have to get this one out of the way and then we will see.”
‘This one’ is a clash with Nikolov. Creagh would be expected to beat the journeyman, but believes he can make some form statement by becoming only the fourth fighter to stop the Bulgarian.
“He has only been stopped three times. I haven’t looked at him. What’s the point? These lads just drag onto you and if he hasn’t been stopped that much you know he is going to hold, but If I get rid of him that is a bit of a statement.”
The card on Saturday is headlined by Eric Donovan, with further support from Mike Perez, Jay Byrne, Gerard Whitehouse, Stephen Carroll, Vladimir Belujsky, Rohan Date, Carl McDonald, Allan Phelan, and Lynn Harvey, as well as debutants John Joyce, Liam Gaynor, John Corcoran, Stephen McAfee, and Keane McMahon.
Tickets for Celtic Clash 2 are priced at €15 (Under 15s), €30, €40, €45, and €55 (Premium), and are available from the boxers involved.
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
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