Niall O’Connor during his debut bout against Pal Olah. Picture: Ricardo Guglielminotti

AFTER a stand-out win on his debut in September, exciting Ballybrack light welterweight Niall O’Connor will return to the ring on Saturday, December 2.
Following a points win over Pal Olah on the Celtic Clash 3 card at the National Stadium, the 22-year-old will return to the same venue as he looks to start building momentum in his pro career.
O’Connor features on the Celtic Clash 4 bill on the South Circular Road with former top amateur and RTÉ pundit Eric Donovan headlining in a defence of his BUI Celtic featherweight title against Juancho Gonzalez.
There is also Dublin grudge match between O’Connor’s sparring partner Crank Whitehouse and Jay Byrne, who sparred Conor McGregor ahead of the Floyd Mayweather fight in August, for the BUI Celtic welterweight belt.
O’Connor impressed in September with a stylish win in which he landed plenty of heavy shots on his Polish opponent.
The Tony Davitt-managed boxer though believes there is plenty of room for improvement.
A man with high standards, he rather harshly reflects how: “I wanted the stoppage to be honest. I wanted to stand out. In the first round the plan was to stay on the jab and keep composed, but I was landed the jab easily so I started to throw more shots.
“He was tough enough, but he didn’t throw much so I would have loved to get the stoppage. When you’re in the dressing room after you do think the four rounds probably will stand to you, but I wanted to stand out with the stoppage. I got good feedback though.”
Most felt that O’Connor took the pros like a duck to water, entertaining the crowd throughout his debut. There were no jitters for the Dub who laughs at how “I was nervous about not being nervous. I was relaxed and It was starting to worry me, but then when I got the hands wrapped and start warming up thankfully that little buzz came. I felt relaxed in there though.
“There used to be a load of nerves with me when I was boxing as an amateur, but I was talking to a sports psychologist before the last fight and I’m still talking to him. He was just constantly talking about visualisation and it went well.”
Tickets for the show cost €30 (Balcony), €40 (Gallery), €60 (Ringside), €100 (VIP Premium), and €15 (Under-15s – must be bought alongside an adult ticket) and are available to buy from Niall by calling 085 232 8914 or online at Ticketmaster.ie.