Big year for Kavanagh
International title fight on cards for 'Nuisance' in 2016
When Jamie Kavanagh fought his homecoming fight in the National Stadium in November, among the loudest voices at ringside were those of his friends, Conor McGregor and Philip Sutcliffe Jr.
But even louder were the shouts in Spanish from his coach Sedano Ruiz.
"Sedano was my amateur trainer and he came to the States with me," says the Dublin lightweight. "When he had to return home, I trained in LA with Joel Diaz for awhile. But no one knows me like Sedano. He's a great man."
Kavanagh (20-1-1, 10 KOs) stopped Oskar Fiko in the seventh round with a crippling right body shot. Afterwards, 'The Nuisance' admitted he found Fiko's spoiling tactics difficult to navigate at first.
"He was a dirty opponent with a lot of experience," said Jamie. "He was a bit frustrating. When he realised what he was up against, his tactics were just to survive. He got a warning in the first round. It was about keeping my composure. Once I figured him out, I lined him up for the shot that finished it and knew he wouldn't be getting up from it."
Kavanagh will be back in the Stadium on MGM's Clash of the Clans on February 6 knowing a win will see him move into contention for a title fight in 2016.
"MGM have spoken about going for an international belt following this fight," says Jamie. "I'm excited about fighting in my home town again. The reception I got last time was brilliant. Hopefully, I'll have an opponent who can box. The better the fighter the better I perform."