Allan Phelan feels he is getting close to his Stateside state.
The featherweight went to America as a 17 year old with the sole purpose of plotting a pro career across the Atlantic.
He eventually turned over and, shoulder injuries aside, looked relatively impressive.
The Kildare puncher has since returned home and after a 27 month absence has registered two wins this year.
The Celtic Warriors 25 year old now feels he is getting back to his best and speaking after his most recent victory against Dawid Knade on Saturday last revealed he is plotting a course back to his best.
“I have always worked on sitting down on punches even when I was back in America, but when you are out for so long you kind of lose a bit of rhythm. I am getting back to the way I used to punch when I was fighting regularly,” Phelan told Irish-Boxing.com after the stoppage win.
“I am sitting down on my punches and using my hand speed. The power is there and I would be strong for my weight. It’s all coming together nicely now. I am sitting down more and not bouncing as much, apart from when I need to move.”
The Paschal Collins trained pro faced an awkward journey man at the National Stadium, but managed to get his first stoppage win on home soil, something he was more than happy with.
“It’s good to get my first stoppage win at home. To be honest I felt a little drained, but I still managed to put in a performance,” he continued.
“He was awkward, but when I did catch him he didn’t like it all. He wanted out of there as early as the first round. I felt like the stoppage was coming, but I have had that before and the lad would survive.”
“I wasn’t looking for it this time, I think the way I box if I look for it it won’t come. So I stuck to boxing with a bit a power.”
Phelan has been linked with an all-Kildare Irish title fight with bill topper on Saturday Eric Donovan.
He wasn’t asked directly about a bout Boxing Ireland Promotions want for a proposed September 6th fight night, but it does appear he wants more time before challenging for titles.
“I hope to be up to a six rounder next. I just want to get back to where I was and fighting regularly. I am still young I want to get back to where I was and when the time is right I will look for the titles.”
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