Collins: Ormond still has world title shot

by Gazette Reporter
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CELTIC Warrior trainer Paschal Collins feels that Stephen Ormond has the capacity to bounce back from his recent loss an win a World title.
The Clondalkin 33-year-old fell to a shock stoppage defeat to Zoltan Szabo in Scotland but Collins feels that the loss was more due to a perfect shot than a greater failing.
Therefore, The Rock has returned to training and has already secured a comeback date on November 5 in Belfast at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, with Collins outlining to that “the plan now would be to get a win on November 5, get a rematch [with Szabo] maybe for a title, and hopefully then push on for a World title shot.”
Collins believes that Ormond can still win world honours at light welterweight following disappointments against Terry Flanagan and Alejandro Luna in World title eliminators over the past two years.
Collins told fans and critics alike, “don’t write Stephen Ormond off”.
“Anyone that knows Stephen knows he has it all to come back. If anyone deserves a world title shot it is him. He has overcome obstacle after obstacle in his career and dealt with more frustrations out of the ring than most. He will come back and will fight for a World title.”
“The people that battle to overcome are the people that have it in them to win World titles.”
The loss against Szabo was something of a shock as Ormond looked destined for victory – in spite of being dropped in the first round – against a durable and lively foe.
However, the popular Dub was caught with a brilliant body punch in round five and couldn’t recover to beat the count and eventually suffered his third career defeat.
Ormond looked in control from the off and despite the fact Szabo looked game he was being out worked.
However, the away fighter stole the round by becoming the first man to drop the Clondalkin puncher with a beautifully timed right hand.
Ormond returned to the corner smiling and seemed to instantly put the adversity behind him, but was warned by coach Pascal Collins to keep concentration and respect his foe’s power. The 33-year-old impressed from the second but was dropped in the fifth of five scheduled rounds to set back his progess again.

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