9 March 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Stephen Ormond fights on his third successive world title undercard this Saturday night but plans to be topping not supporting championship bills by the end of 2011.
The Irish super featherweight has received plaudits for his performances in a busy 2010, but wants to exchange winning rave reviews for winning belts over the next 12 months. The Clondalkin native will trade leather with former Paul Appleby and Pajo Hyland foe, Mikey Convey on a support bout to Ricky Burns latest world title defence in the Breahead Arena in Glasgow.
And the 27 year old is confident the tough English pro will be the first obstacle he will over come en-route to a title over the next 12 months. The undefeated super-featherweight, who was tipped to inherit Bernard Dunnes King of Irish boxing crown, is so eager to make up for lost time that he is calling for challenges that will ensure he has a successful title conquest. The former St Matthews amateur, who caught the eye with a knock out of the year contender the last time he entered the square circle, has no title preference once he gets to sport a prestigious strap around his waist in the near future.
I have asked to be pushed this year and Frank Warren said he wants title fights for me in 2011,” he said.
“I was meant to fight for the Celtic title this time out but there was a last minute change of opponent. Warren ensured I was busy and active last year, which was great now its time to move on. This fight is my third on a world title undercard. Fighting on big cards like that helps you get recognition, but I want titles now. I had a set back when I was 23. I had a bit of an eye problem but I am back in the game now and my eye is fine. Whatever title is available to me I will fight for. I dont care what belt its for at this stage. I will fight them all, Ormond explained before discussing his latest opponent.
Mickey has been in with them all. He is experienced and he comes to fight. He was in with Pajo Hyland as well as some of the big names in Britain. I wont be taking any chances agianst him. I will take it round per round to ensure another win.