7 June 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Stephen Ormond returns home to the venue were he made his name as he fights on the under card of Pajo Hylands National Stadium hosted WBF world title fight on June 25.
The much travelled boxer lit up the only purpose built boxing venue in the world as an amateur winning three senior titles and earning a reputation that saw him tipped as the natural successor to fellow Clondalkin star Bernard Dunnes King of Irish boxing throne. The Frank Warren promoted 28 year old now enters the famous ring without his head guard and vest for the first time in what is only his third pro fight in Ireland after he replaced stable mate Ian Tims on the card.
And Ormond cant wait for what he predicts will be a victorious and boisterous welcome home.
I am going back to my roots. I am really looking forward to this fight. The Stadium has the best atmosphere in the world for boxing. I have travelled as a pro and amateur and the Stadium is still my favourite venue. I havent fought there in over 5 years and I cant wait to get back. When Paddy Hyland asked me to fight on the show I didnt hesitate. It is a chance to fight in front of my home fans.
The Clondalkin native, who was tipped by big time American promoter Lou Debella to become a world champ, last seven fights have been shared between the UK and America and he is delighted to be able to showcase his talents to the Dublin faithful once again. However, Ormond is adamant there is no pressure to put on a show and he will just ensure he notches up win number 10 ahead of his return to bumper Warren cards.
It is a great chance to let the people of Dublin see me in action again, but I dont think there is pressure on me. I am only back in the gym this week and I will just box to win the fight. I will use this as a warm for my fight in the UK next month.
The 28 year old lightweight has been told by Frank Warren to be in shape for July 16 and expects to be out another Ricky Burns world title fight under card. Whilst he is excited about furthering his career and getting into title contention with fights in Britain he is thrilled at the prospect of possibly returning to the Stadium as the head line act for a big Warren Show.
The experienced British Promoter has recently added Dean Byrne to a growing Irish stable that includes Spike OSullivan and Ormond and the Clondalkin puncher revealed Warren is planning Irish shows.
Frank told me to be ready for July 16 I presume I am on the Burns undercard. I hope to get an eight or 10 rounder so I can push for a title then. Frank has said he would like to put us on in Ireland and its great to see him sign another Irish fighter. The more the merrier. Hopefully next time I will be in the Stadium will be on a big Warren show.