18 August 2009 – By Neil Sinclair
Although Im definitely fighting on the Odyssey card on October 9, unfortunately it wont be against James Moore. I would have liked to have defended my Irish title against James and it could still happen before the end of the year – but for now it seems his team couldnt agree terms for the fight.
Thats a shame because it would have been a high-profile fight for both of us and would have made for a great contest.
In the longer term, Id be happy to go to New York to make the fight happen even as a St Patricks Day attraction, but for now Im happy to take any major fight, whether that is at light-middleweight or back down at welter.
I moved up to light-middleweight because there was an opportunity. I can still comfortably make welter so if there was opportunity Id move back down. I wouldnt rule anything out.
On the Odyssey card Ill be fighting a non-title eight rounder. Im not sure of the opponent but I would like to keep climbing the ladder so a fight against anyone who would help my British, Commonwealth or European ranking would be great for the October fight.
The Coyle fight was a great boost and since then Ive been working well in the gym. Ive a good seven or eight weeks of hard work in front of me and at this stage of my career I have to treat every fight as a title fight even if it is only an eight-rounder. I dont make a distinction. Every fight I view as my last. The winning isnt enough – I want to look good doing it.
Jim Watt and Adam Smith from Sky said last time that I could still be a force and I believe that. Ive hit form its been a long time coming and the only reason I stuck at it was because I knew it would happen. Ive just got to build on that.
Its the 100th anniversary of the BBBC later this year, so as an outright British champion Ive been invited to that and Im looking forward to it. It should be a great night and there will be a lot of great fighters there.
There is a new guy in the gym, Jamie Conlon. He was a top amateur and I think he will do well as a pro. I like what I see from his training and attitude. He realises people dont care how you look in the gym only how you look on fight night. Hes coming up to his pro debut which Im sure he will relish. I loved my pro debut. Obviously it gets harder and harder but he knows what he is doing and he has an exciting future so watch this space.