Advertisement
Advertisement

Ormond Talks Appleby, Kevin Mitchell, Possible 4/28 Bout

By Lee Elford

Stephen Ormond, 11-1 (5),  exploded onto our TV screens as chief support to Ricky Burns’ win over Paulus Moses last month when taking Paul Appleby, 18-3 (11), to the limit over 10 pulsating, high octane rounds. Ormond looked to have done enough after blitzing through seven of them, throwing combinations to the head and body with great intent and velocity.

At times Ormond looked to have been moments away from stopping the tough Scot, who was involved in a terrific “Fight of the year” candidate against Liam Walsh last year, only to slow down in the last few rounds. Appleby got the verdict via unanimous decision, much to the general disbelief of British boxing fans.

“Looking back on the fight, I thought I won the first six or seven rounds,” said Ormond when speaking to Boxingscene.com.  “It felt close in the fight but when I looked back on it, it looks different altogether. If I fought him again I would definitely use my jab more, I would box him a bit more and I think I would stop him in eight rounds. It wasn’t a fair result I definitely got done over by the judges, but that’s life – you live and learn and it’s on to the next one.”

The Irish Super featherweight is a fighting man. When growing up in Dublin he was brought up with and into boxing, one could say it was in the blood. You feel he harbours no hard feelings over the decision that went against him, and it is his professional attitude and enthusiasm which convinces he will come again harder and stronger, as he told of his introduction to boxing and his tough amateur career.

 He said: “I grew up in the North side of Dublin, and I moved down to the South side of Dublin when I was about 12. My family were all boxers. My father was an Irish champion, my uncle was an Irish champion and my grandfather was a boxer. I was in the gym from about four or five years of age and I started the training when I was nine – I was always in the boxing, you know.”

“I won three senior ABA titles and a few Junior’s. I did quite a lot of amateur boxing which included a lot of internationals. I missed out on the world championships due to injury and also outgrowing the weight. It was great though I enjoyed it I still got to fight internationally so it was a top learning experience. I must have had over 200 amateur fights, easily. Every fight I’ve been in as a professional is a better one than the last. Every fight is bigger because your opponent is better than the last and so it gets more exposure.”

Stephen’s name propped up at the end of last year as a scheduled opponent for the returning Kevin Mitchell in a 10 round contest. Unfortunately the fight never materialized. It was simply a case of a conflict of issues which saw the contest called off. If Ormond’s relentless aggressive style against Appleby is anything to go by, fans missed out on a real barnburner between the pair. Ormond was ready, and he revealed his side of the story.

“In November last year I got told that I could be fighting Kevin Mitchell so, I said yes no problem,” he recalled. “I started a training camp for it, doing three to four weeks training, and then he got told he couldn’t fight. I was training for him and then the show got called off in December. I took a break because I was training for nearly three months. I was out of training for four weeks and I was way out of the weight. I was asked again if I wanted to fight Kevin Mitchell in four weeks time, the first I heard of it was on Facebook, that they were looking to me to fight him. I wasn’t in good shape. He’s a great fighter and I wanted to be in the best shape to fight him – I don’t fight to lose, I fight to win.”

The good news for Irish and fighting fans is that Stephen returns soon, and “The Rock” has been in solid training, looking to come back with a point to prove, with the date likely to be at the end of April.

“I’m in training at the moment, I’ve been training since the last fight and I think I’m out on the April 28 though it could be a week later. [His promoter] Frank [Warren] has two shows on with one in May so they have to decide which show they want to put me on and I’ll know in the next few days. It should be a six or eight rounder.”

He added: “I’m feeling good training’s going great. I keep learning every day. I learnt loads from the last fight and I just want to keep on learning and show in the next fight what I’ve learned. I’m enjoying it and that’s the main thing. I’d like to thank to all the people that came to watch me fight and all the support, I’ll be out to impress in the next one.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Stephen Smith: I Belong at World Level, I Want Another Title Shot Golovkin's Coach Expects Amir Khan To Rebound Very Well Hearn: Haye Not on Anthony Joshua's Radar For Next Three Fights Canelo, Golden Boy Dig in For Lengthy Court Battle With All-Star Roach: I'm Excited, I Truly Feel Postol Will Beat Terence Crawford Jacobs' Trainer Says They'll Be Ready For Golovkin in Due Time Joseph Parker on Elbow Issue, Solomon Haumono Bout, More UFC Prez: Not a Single Convo on Mayweather-McGregor Firat Arslan Returns To The Ring on June 4 in Kassel Gabe Rosado To Face Antonio Gutierrez on June 4 at StubHub Abril-Belmontes, Foreman-Davis Doubleheader on June 3 Golovkin's Promoter Hits Back at Mayweather's Trash Talk Shane Mosley-David Avanesyan Full Card Set Down AIBA President Confident Pro Fighters Will Compete in Olympics Haye: I'll Be Careful Early, But Then I'll Drop Briggs and KO Him Kevin Satchell Returns on June 4th as Part of Smith Liverpool Bill Photos: Floyd Mayweather, 50 Cent Reunite On Stage in Las Vegas Briggs Feels Haye in Decline: He Was a Better Fighter Before Liam Smith: IF Canelo Returns To 154, He's Perfect For Me! Ricky Burns: Michele Di Rocco Won't Know What Hit Him! Oscar De La Hoya, Mario Lopez To Get in The Ring For Charity Makabu: Not Going The Distance, I'm Knocking Tony Bellew Out! Berto Tabs Golovkin Over Canelo, Wants To Fight The Winner Roach Downs Mayweather-McGregor, Wants Lebedev-Glowacki Cuellar Confident of Mares Win, Tabs Santa Cruz Over Frampton Hearn Blasts Khan, Says Brook Fight is 'Gone' Jorge Linares is Ready: I'm Going To Fight Anthony Crolla Next! Lemieux Interested in Canelo Fight - But NO Catch-Weight No More Delays: All-Star Boxing Gets Day in Court Versus Canelo Shannon Briggs: I'm Knocking David Haye Out Cold in a Round Blackwell: I'd Love To Land Final KO Shot on Jaw of Eubank Sr! Haye Admits Precautions Needed To Prevent Briggs Presser Brawl Francisco De Vaca Puts Away Gustavo Molina in The Eighth Kay Prospere: I Couldn't Have Asked For Worse Preparation McGregor Heading To UFC Return, Not Floyd Mayweather PPV Joseph Parker-Solomon Haumono in Talks For Showdown "Fighting Words" - Making Peace Doesn’t Guarantee Making Fights Amir Khan: If Brook Stays With Eddie Hearn - Fight Won't Happen! Felix Verdejo Looks at Dropping To 130, Targeting World Title WBA: Lebedev vs. Shumenov in 120 Days, Winner Faces Dorticos
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement