Crumlin’s Metcalfe breathing easy for ring return

by Gazette Reporter
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Crumlin’s Aiden Metcalfe is back and finally firing on all cylinders. The super featherweight has not fought in almost ten months since debuting last September and returns on Saturday, July 14 on the Celtic Clash 6 card at the Good Counsel GAA Club in Drimnagh.

It’s been a long time out but with good reason, and here we will see a much different Aiden Metcalfe than the one who debuted last year.

Back then, at the National Stadium, an injured Metcalfe just about got past Poland’s Damian Lawniczak in a thrilling fight where he needed a strong finish to secure a one-point win.

Looking back, he described how: “I hurt my nose in training camp for that fight. I could barely breathe in there, and the following morning I was in the hospital.

“That wasn’t me in there. I’m a good boxer but that was more of a wrestling match, a slug-fest. It wasn’t me, I can fight but I’d rather hit and not get hit! I was disappointed with my debut, people didn’t get to see how good I really am.

“I got surgery to fix the problem with my nose, fix my breathing. It was frustrating being out for so long but I needed to get it sorted once and for all so I can properly get started with my career.

“It’s better now, I can feel it when I’m in sparring, I can control my breathing. You can see the difference when I’m in the ring, I’m much more composed. People are saying they can see the difference in me.”

The show was initially due to take place last month but was postponed due to a number of injuries to other fighters on the bill.

This suited the recovering Metcalfe who explained how “the extra time was good for me. It allowed me to get more fit, more sharp – you can see it in the sparring, I’m much sharper now.”

On Saturday he returns against another Polish boxer – veteran Krzysztof Rogowski. A rough, tough, and dangerous foe, the Eastern European is a regular visitor to these shores and has faced a number of Irish boxers – even beating world champion Carl Frampton when they were both amateurs.

Also featuring on the ‘Celtic Clash 6’ undercard alongside Metcalfe will be Smithfield welterweight Keane McMahon, Crumlin lightweight Martin Quinn, and BUI Celtic title fights between super bantamweights Carl McDonald and Colin O’Donovan and light welterweights Victor Rabei and Karl Kelly.

The show is headlined by RTE pundit and current BUI Celtic featherweight champion Eric Donovan.

Tickets for the fight night are priced at €55 (ringside) and €35 (unreserved) and are available from the boxers involved. Aiden Metcalfe can be contacted at 085 820 5030.

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