Ormond’s world in motion

by Gazette Reporter

BACK home after two wins in America in recent weeks, Stephen “The Rock” Ormond is back in the Celtic Warrior Gym and targeting a World Title in 2016.
The 32 year-old Clondalkin boxer was stateside fighting on shows put on by his promoter Murphy’s Boxing and earned high praise from the boxing community in Boston.
Having left Frank Warren’s stable for Murphy’s, Ormond hasn’t hid his ambition to be a world champion but spoke more openly than ever this week.
“I’m just ticking over right at the moment, learning things. Learning things until the New Year, I want to be fighting for the World Title after that, I’m pissed off now at this stage,” he told the Irish-Boxing.com website this week.
The lightweight fighter will keep a close eye on Terry Flanagan v Derry Matthews world title fight on February 13, with Flanagan putting his WBO belt on the line. Ormond defeated Matthews in December 2013 before being disqualified against Flanagan in February this year, in their world title eliminator, for head-butting.
He isn’t confident of getting a rematch from the winner of that fight, nor is he of getting a shot against new WBA champion Anthony Crolla, who he says his team tried to get a fight against but have failed in every avenue so far.
“I’m going to be fighting in February. I don’t know where yet; it might be here,” he said nonetheless. “And then I’m hoping for a world title shot on Paddy’s Day, or at least a title eliminator. We’re in talks now, it’s in the works; they [Murphy’s Boxing] are working on it over in America at the moment, so I should know soon.”
Having faced both men, The Rock gave his verdict on who he thinks will come out on top in the Flanagan v Matthews bout. “I think Flanagan will beat Matthews; obviously Flanagan because he beat me,” he laughed. “He got Fighter of the Year too so well done to him on that and I expect him to beat Derry.”
He also spoke about that fight against Flanagan back in February and admitted he still gets annoyed about his disqualification for head-butting. “It was just one of those where everything didn’t go in my favour. I don’t want to make excuses and I’m not trying to, but it wasn’t me that night.
“I’d been 10 or 11 months out of the ring before that fight and then plus what happened to my grandmother [who passed away the day of the fight]. But it makes me more hungry and that’s why I’m here now and more determined to win a world title,” concluded Ormond.

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