Aside from his all-round exciting style, there was something particularly notable about Sean McGlinchey‘s pro debut – his fans.
Hundreds made the trip across Ulster from Derry to Belfast for the fight with Josef Obeslo, and they certainly made an impression.
Team Mummy’s Bhoy, with their nappies, their soothers, and their songs, created an unbelievable atmosphere at The Devenish Venue, and it’s little wonder that McGlinchey has been snapped up to appear on a big TV card next month.
The Commonwealth Games bronze medalist will fight on Saturday June 17th at the Waterfront Hall on the BoxNation ‘Battle of Belfast’ card, and McGlinchey [1(0)-0] is expecting an even better reception in just over five weeks time.
“Amazing,” McGlinchey told Irish-Boxing.com as he reflected on his debut win.
“Looking back at videos and listening to my fans sing ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ as I walked to the ring gives me shivers.”
“The response has being brilliant, the support I had on my debut was brilliant and I am hoping that I have even better support in Belfast this time around as I believe my fans are the best out there.”
“The mindset will be the same [for June 17th], as soon as I step into the ring it’s just me and my opponent – but I am really thankful for the chance to show my abilities on this show and thanks to all involved for getting me on it.”
In terms of the debut fight itself, middleweight-bound McGlinchey was presented which a much larger and experienced foe, resulting in a refreshingly challenging first fight.
It’s a trend the Foylesider would like to continue, and he noted how “my opponent for my debut was very experienced and had loads of rounds under his belt. I will be looking to be better for the next fight, I learned a lot for my debut, but I will be in high tempo fights.”
McGlinchey linked up with former IBF cruiserweight champion Glenn McCrory ahead of his debut and underwent a rigorous camp at the Wild Atlantic Gym in Culdaff, Donegal. The 24 year old craves the hard work behind the scenes, and is hoping to step it up this time around.
The Creggan boxer noted how “it was one of my toughest camps and I enjoyed it. Every camp will be hard and this one will be hard as I am looking to step up to six rounds.”
“Every fight is a learning curve no matter how the decision goes. I will be working on my faults in the gym and hopefully correct them.”
McGlinchey is proudly sponsored by Granny Annie’s, Glennform, ThanksJosh Clothing, and Watches of Wales.
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
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