When Bernard Dunne retired he told anyone that would listen Stephen Ormond was the man to replace him as the main man in Irish boxing.
There was no doubt the all action lightweight, who like Dunne hails from Clondalkin, was a capable operator and touted talent. However despite going on to prove he has the tools to compete at the top major titles shots have eluded ‘The Rock’.
Ormond has had to do the hard way. No sell out Point Theatre crowds, no major tv backing and some would argue no promoter with his best interests at heart.
The 31 year old busy battler has now teamed up with Ken Casey’s Murphys Boxing and is confident he will now be afforded the chance to fulfill his potential.
Ormond has seen stable mate Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan build an American fan base and move back into World title contention with the Boston based Promoters and he thinks he can now do the same.
“I am so happy that I have done a deal with Ken Casey and Murphys Boxing. My trainer Packie holds him in such high regard and it is evident he is a man of his word, with the time and money Murphys Boxing has put into getting Spike back into the world rankings. I feel this is the right move and all I want is the big fights and opportunities to show the American public I am the real deal”, said Steve Ormond.
“At this moment I am in full training and hoping to get a date soon, so I can show the World I deserve to be at the top. Look out Boston here I come!”, continued Ormond.
Famed Dublin trainer Packie Collins, who trains Ormond and is the brother of former WBO Super Middleweight Champion and Boston fan favorite Stevie Collins, had this to add about the signing.
“I am delighted to finally secure Steve Ormond a deal with Murphys Boxing that will see him continue his dream of becoming a World Champion alongside his gym mates Spike O’Sullivan and Niall Kennedy. It is the best move for Steve as I believe Murphys Boxing and Ken Casey will get him the fights he deserves and I know Steve’s all action style will win over plenty of new fans in the U.S.”