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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Big fights ahead for Celtic Warriors

The Celtic Warrior Gym in Corduff is a hive of industry at present ahead of a hectic November schedule for coach Paschal Collins and his team.

The Frank Warren-promoted bout in London on November 24 between Dublin's WBO European lightweight champion, Stephen Ormond, and British champion Terry Flanagan (25-0, 9 KOs) is expected to be a world title eliminator, with insiders predicting Anthony Crolla as the likely opponent for the winner.

"Stephen's going into the lion's den," says coach Collins. "This is a huge fight for him. Flanagan is a tall, dangerous southpaw who's already beaten British champions. But we're confident Stephen will beat him."

Ormond, aka "The Rock", (17-1, 8 KOs) won his WBO title in London and has successfully defended three times on the road.

The undercard of the Matthew Macklin fight at the 3 Arena on November 15 should have a venomous grudge match between Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan and Anthony Fitzgerald on the card.

"It could be one of the fights of the year and the fact that it'll be on Sky Sports adds another incentive," says Collins.

Also on the bill, middleweight Luke Keeler had to work hard for his win against Laszlo Kovacs last month. "That was a great learning fight for Luke," says Collins. "He's knocked out four opponents in his six fights so he needs to get more rounds in."

Ian Tims and Michael Sweeney will be another grudge match on the night.

November 29 sees the return from injury of cruiserweight Steve Collins Jr on the Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora card at the Excel Arena.

And following his 6th round knock-out win last month, former European super middleweight champion Frank Buglioni (14-1, 11 KOs) expects to maintain progress. "I'm working hard to get to the top," he says.

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