The Rock closes in on title shot

by Gazette Reporter

CLONDALKIN boxer Stephen “The Rock” Ormond is preparing himself for a potential eliminator fight that, if he wins, will finally give a shot at becoming a world champion.
The former WBO European lightweight champion had a chance last year when he fought Terry Flanagan in a world title eliminator fight, but was disqualified in the ninth round for persistent headbutts.
Ormond suffered personal tragedy just days before that fight and admits his head was not in the right place heading into the ring.
At the time, Flanagan suggested he would offer Ormond a rematch if he went on to win the title but the offer was never forthcoming.
Nothing has been publically confirmed as yet but it is widely anticipated that Ormond is just two fights way from the world title he so desperately craves.
The 33-year-old last fought in March where he defeated Marcos Jiminez in Boston to win the IBF Inter-Continental title by a landslide. All three judges scored the fight 100-90 and it emerged later on that Jiminez had, in fact, failed a drugs test prior to the fight.
Many believe that Ormond has not been giving the opportunities he has deserved throughout his career but the man himself believes that when he eventually wins a world title, it will be made all the sweeter for having to earn it the old fashioned way.
“I am delighted. This is the way I want to do it, earn my shot the old school way. Doing it the hard way will make winning it all the better and when I do win it, it will be harder to take it off me.
“In early August I fight in an eliminator. It has been confirmed we are just waiting on their side to announce it. I am training for it the last month. The date and venue have changed a bit, but it’s going to happen that is all that matters. This is the big one now. I am focused on this fight,” said Ormond.
“The Rock” believes that Britain’s title-holding lightweights have been avoiding him because the risks of stepping into the ring with him far outweigh the rewards – something he thinks will change if he has a world title around his waist.
“When I win the title, the British lightweights will have to fight me. They are the fights I want. High profile fights with the likes of [Anthony] Crolla and Flanagan.”
“Everyone wants those fights, but I am going to go win a world title in America and go from there,” said Ormond.

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