Craig O’Brien, right, lands a punch at the Celtic Clash 4 event earlier this month. Picture: Alan Finn

CRAIG O’Brien has had a remarkable year, culminating in becoming the new BUI Celtic champion, but he hopes 2018 can be even bigger after taking his record in the ring to 7[0]-0-0.
The super welterweight, who also fights at middleweight, fought four times over the year and took the win on points each time having spent the previous year and a half out of the ring.
His latest victory was over Pole Daniel Przewieslik on the Celtic Clash 4 card at the National Stadium earlier this month and although unhappy with his performance on the night, he was delighted to chalk up another win.
“It was a bad night, but a good bad night because I got the win,” O’Brien told Iris-Boxing.com.
“At one stage I was hurting him to the body, but I was whipping him with the jab so there was no point in rushing in and maybe risking a clash of heads. With him not working as much, maybe I didn’t have to work as much so it made it easier on me. I was relaxed and I could have been better, but on an off night I got the win.
“I could do what I want in there and people will say he wasn’t a great opponent, which may be fair, but it was only a keep-busy fight.”
After a fight-free 2016, the 28-year-old from Henrietta Street flats picked up some knocks over the year and is now looking forward to some time off before stepping back into the ring in 2018.
“I said back in October it’s good to keep busy but I have been getting niggles in this camp. I probably should have taken a break.
“My neck is alright in the moment but, after the fact, it’s sore. I’ll rest that up now and I look forward to January 1, and to get back into camp and fight on March 3.”
With 2017 proving a big year for the professional boxing in Ireland, announcement of a Last Man Standing card coming to Dublin in the New Year was met with excitement, and O’Brien is hoping to compete in some capacity on the night.
“These 12 months have been brilliant and I want to thank everyone for their support and my sponsors. It’s been a great 12 months and hopefully over the next 12 we can push on to bigger and better things. I want that Irish title.
“I’ll enjoy Christmas now, get fat and come back in the New Year. I will probably defend on the undercard of Last Man Standing if I don’t go into it. We will see what happens.”