13 August 2010 – Jonny Stapleton
Michael Sweeney is ready to take Europe by storm after securing a shot at EU Light heavyweight title holder Nadjib Mohammedi.
The fighter know as The Storm believes he is being avoided at domestic level so he has set his sights on continental domination and claims victory over Mohammedi will open the door to a full EBU title fight.
So eager is the Mayo fighter to progress that he has agreed to fight the French-Algerian in his hometown of Marseille on Friday, October 1.
Considering Sweeneys only record blemishes, a defeat and draw, have come on the road its a brave decision to travel to France for the career defining fight.
However, the Ballinrobe boxer, who will train with heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko prior to the bout, is adamant there will be no travel sickness this time round.
This is my time to shine. I am going to France to win. I am heading into his back yard but I have been fighting in back yards all my life, Sweeney told the Mirror.
He wanted to fight me instead of his mandatory fighter and thinks I am going to be an easy challenge, but he is in for a big shock. This fight has come at the right time for me and I am going all out to win it. I am going to prepare right. I am heading to the Klitschko training camp in Austria this week, you can not get better sparring or preparation than that, he added before commenting on the domestic scene.
I am the number in my weight class in Ireland and I believe I am next in line for the Irish title. I would love to be Irish champion but that fight is not coming so I am focusing on Europe. I am being avoided in Ireland I have never turned down a challenge or a fighter but the Irish champion seems to be avoiding me. But a win in France will put me in the top 10 in the EBU. I am going to take my chance and then go for an EBU shot.