Blanchardstown light welterweight Darragh Foley [14(8)-2(0)] faces the toughest test and the biggest fight of his career this weekend and could make a significant step toward a World title shot with victory at The Star venue in Sydney.
WBA-NABA champion Steven Wilcox comes to town and for a World Title eliminator with the WBA Oceania beltholder and is confident he will halt the Paddy’s Day celebrations – but Foley is adamant he will ride a green wave to victory.
In fact, the WBA #8 claims he is unbeatable on St Patrick’s Day and believes even the World’s best wouldn’t have a hope against him on March 17th.
“It’s going to be great headlining a show on St Patrick’s Day. How could anyone beat me on St Patrick’s Day?
“Throw me in with [Terence] Crawford, [Keith] Thurman, whoever! Nobody can beat me on that day – it will be a sea of green! I have to do it for my country,” said Foley who plans to go overseas a-la IBF super bantam mandatory TJ Doheny in search of World honours if he is victorious.
WBA #10 Wilcox [18(5)-2(0)-1] comes with a good reputation and an even better World ranking, but entertainment specialist Foley is, as per usual, confident and determined to register a career-boosting win against the Canadian.
The Fingal puncher described how “I’ve watched him a bit. He’s very tall. He’s a skilled boxer but it doesn’t look like there’s any power there at all.”
“It’s my show – I’m the main event – so I want to go in there and perform. I want to stake my claim in the division. This is number eight against number ten so it’s an unofficial World Title eliminator.”
With Kiryl Relikh claiming the vacant title at the weekend, Foley is effectively #7 with the WBA and a win on Saturday morning could see him breach the Top 5 and become a genuine contender for a shot at the black belt.
This, however, will require a trip North and the Sydney-based boxer outlined how “after this fight, my next fight will be in America or the UK. It’s time to take this show on the road! I’m going to sit down with some different managers and work that out once I take care of Steven Wilcox.”
Also appearing in the card will be Galway light welter Gearoid Clancy [8(2)-5(0)], Donegal middleweight John Hutchinson [12(4)-2(0)-2], and Cork welterweight Danny Keating [1(1)-0].