Stephen Ormond believes he is in the right place and the right frame of mind to secure a 2016 World title shot.
The Clondalkin native was just one win away from becoming mandatory for the WBO lightweight strap before being disqualified against Terry Flanagan in Wolverhampton on Valentines Day.
However, ‘The Rock’, who fights Michael Clark in Lowell on a PBC show on Saturday night, claims losing his grandmother the day of the fight meant he entered that fight not in the right frame of mind.
The all-action 32 year old, believes his mind is now firmly in the right place as he plans a World title assault. The Paschal Collins trained lightweight also believes that he is in the right place promotional-wise to fulfill Bernard Dunne’s World title winning predictions.
Ormond has moved from Frank Warren to Ken Casey and Murphy’s Boxing – a move he believes will open up doors and a path way to the top. Indeed a link up with the most powerful man in World boxing Al Haymon is already on the cards.
“With Ken Casey behind me, an impressive victory will get me a title shot. I’ll take any of them. I was one fight away, losing a qualifier. My grandmother passed away the day of my fight. I’m ready now!”
Warren did get the former Irish international amateur some big fights with the likes of Derry Matthews, Terry Flanagan and to a lesser extend Paul Appleby, but Ormond always felt he wasn’t the promoter’s priority.
“I didn’t get looked after by Warren. At least with (Murphy’s boxing) I will get looked after. They want the best for you. I did feel I was a bit of an opponent and my name was being used (with Warren), but Murphy’s boxing want to push me and other fighters will be a stepping stone for me and not the other way around.”
“The plan is to get these two fights (Ormond looks set to fight in America on October 10th and 30th) out of the way and then after Christmas look for a title shot. I’ll do what I do on October 10th, the more relaxed I am in the ring the better. I am just going over there to the business and then look for big fights. I’ll fight anyone at light welterweight or lightweight.”
Ormond may be making his Murphy boxing debut on the a card that Patrick Hyland and stable mate Gary O’Sullivan also compete on, but Saturday’s clash is not his American debut.
The former WBO European champ began his career Stateside with Lou DiBella.