By Jonny Stapleton
Paul McCloskey and Carl Frampton will grab the boxing headlines this weekend, but the Ulster duo and the fighters on the Odyssey undercard are not the Irish boxers in action.
Frank Warren promoted Clondalkin native Stephen Ormond faces a yet to be named English opponent in the Hilton Hotel on Friday and wants to manoeuvre his way into the spotlight with another impressive win live on Sky Sports.
The super featherweight former Irish amateur standout believes its time he started to fulfil his potential and believes a win in the chief support bout to Obodai Sai and Jamie Cox’s Commonwealth light-middleweight title fight will set up a title fight for him on the next Frank Warren card.
The former Lou DiBella promoted prospect, who also fights on BDR Promotions October 22 show, was tipped by fellow Clondalkin fighter Bernard Dunne to replace the former world champion as Irish boxing’s biggest star, and Ormond wants to start topping bills in the new season.
“It is time I started looking to be topping bills and fighting in big fights. This fight is at super featherweight and a win will get me a ranking for a title shot for my next fight. My next fight on a Frank Warren show should be for a title. I fight in London in the Hillton Hotel on Park Lane on Sky Sports in an eight round fight so it’s a big chance to showcase my talents,” Ormond told www.irish-boxing.com
The former St Matthews amateur also spent some time sparring Carl Frampton ahead of his Commonwealth title fight this weekend. After seeing the Jackal up close and personal Ormond believes the ‘Belfast Boy’ will register just one of what will prove a number of big wins in a successful career when he faces Mark Quon.
“Carl and I had good spars. I think he will win and go on to bigger and better things.”