THEY might add 10 pounds to most but the TV cameras are going to add 10 rounds worth of fuel into the tank of Aiden Metcalfe claims the boxer ahead of his big BUI Celtic title clash at the end of the month.
It has been confirmed that the Crumlin super featherweight will face Kildare rival Allan Phelan for the 130lbs title on the Assassin Promotions and Boxing Ireland Promotions ‘Clash of the Titans’ card at the National Stadium on Saturday, March 30.
Metcalfe v Phelan is one of the chief support bouts on the night and will be shown LIVE on TG4.
Metcalfe is determined to prove doubters wrong following a bumpy start to life as a pro boxer. The sibling to top amateurs Evan Metcalfe and Courtney Daly has scored two wins so far but has seen numerous fights fall through and has been left disappointed with the pair of performances he has put on.
In this sense, the young Dub is keen to show his undoubted talents following a stellar amateur career – and has taken a risky fight to do so.
Jumping up from four-round fights to eight rounds, Metcalfe faces a much more experienced foe in Phelan and a dangerous puncher to boot.
“You will see a different Aiden Metcalfe on the night,” the Crumlin BC man said. “I’ll be much better than my last two fights. It’s on tv I can’t make a show of myself now can I?
“This camp has been my best. I am doing 10 rounds fine [in sparring]. I have been training in a high altitude chamber three times a week, it’s the first time I have done that and it has made a difference.”
Following two scrappy wins over Polish opposition, many have questioned the decision to step up and face Phelan.
“People are saying I lack experience and others are saying I struggle to do four rounds but they will see on the night. I am going to prove those doubters wrong. I am not cutting any corners. I was training for nobodies then, now I have a title in front of me and a tough opponent in Allan Phelan, you can’t cut corners. It’s a big title fight and I am going to be ready.”
“The winner of this then fights for the Irish title. An Irish title is more than you dream of so there is a lot on the line and to make you train harder. 2019 is going to be my year, I’m going to be looking for an Irish title. Hopefully it will be a great year and I take over the pro scene.”
Clash of the Titans is headlined by a vacant Irish featherweight title fight between Eric Donovan and Stephen McAfee with a further domestic dust-ups between light welters Victor Rabei and Jake Hanney.
Tickets for the night cost €40 (general), €60 (ringside), and €100 (VIP) and are available from Ticketmaster.ie.