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Monday 11 December 2017

Ormond planning to Rock the world

With Frank Buglioni and Steve Collins Jnr both on tonight's Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury bill in London, it's a busy time for Paschal Collins and his crew at the Celtic Warrior Gym.

'Wise Guy' Buglioni (14-1, 11 KOs), who's been training with Collins, fights Andrew Robinson (13-0, 4 KOs) for the vacant WBO European super middleweight crown.

Also on the card, cruiserweight Collins Jnr will have his fifth pro fight.

Next week, super-featherweight Jono Carroll will box in Prizefighter in London.

But it's WBO European Fighter of the Year, Stephen 'The Rock' Ormond, who leads the Celtic Warrior charge with his European lightweight title defence against Terry Flanagan (25-0, 9 KOs) in Sheffield in two weeks time.

Stephen Ormond (17-1, 8 KOs) might seem the underdog against the more experienced younger southpaw Flanagan, but, with this fight a world title eliminator, the Clondalkin man won't be stepping back.

"I'm on the verge of fulfilling my childhood dreams," he says.

"I want to be a world champion."

Sponsored by Conal's Tree Service, Ormond has been chopping down opponents with ease. "I've the best training camps money can buy," he says. "I never feel pressure. The sparring partners, who've been brought in to prepare me for this fight, are of the highest calibre. I'm approaching this with the same determination as my title win and my three successful defences."

Ranked 4 in the world, Ormond is targeting the top. "My ambition is to beat whoever they put in front of me and become world champion," he says. "I want to give the country a lift and make my family proud."

It's time the country got behind Stephen Ormond, Ireland's overlooked boxing hero

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