New York based Irishman Feargal McCrory (11-0) is all set for his US debut at the Mecca of Boxing itself, Madison Square Garden.
McCrory has followed up from a standout amateur career with just as much success in the professional ranks. The 27-year-old from Coalisland captured five national titles as an amateur and represented Ireland internationally prior to turning professional where his good form has continued with 11 professional wins from 11 contests winning an Irish lightweight title along the way.
Southpaw McCrory, who has moved stateside to work alongside famed trainer/advisor Andre Rozier’s Team Havoc at his base in Brooklyn, New York, makes his American debut on the undercard of the Mick Conlan topped St Patrick’s Day extravaganza at Madison Square Garden. With his last two fights ending early, the Irishman is intent on impressing and plans to make a statement with his performance and the best boxing trunks.
McCrory opened up about getting this opportunity to showcase his skills at the Mecca of Boxing live on ESPN+.
He said, “I couldn’t be happier to be getting a dream opportunity at Madison Square Garden live on ESPN+ and I have to thank my trainer and advisor Andre Rozier and Team Havoc for getting me this massive opportunity to showcase my skills at, what I believe is the best most prestigious venue in world boxing.
“Training camp has gone superbly for this fight. I’ve had great sparring with the likes of Juan Dominguez, Duke Micah and many other top class talents in Brooklyn. Chris Algieri has been a massive help with my conditioning and alongside the training with Andre and Terrence, I feel I have had the best camp of my professional career and I intend on producing a performance to justify why I’ve made the sacrifices of moving to New York for camps.”
McCrory is set to clash with former foe of Shakur Stevenson and Vladimir Nikitin, Juan Tapia (9-3), who produced entertaining displays in both contests that went the scheduled distance.
Now campaigning at featherweight, ‘Fearless’ McCrory discussed his Texan opponent on St Patrick’s Day.
The Irishman stated, “I’m really happy with the opponent I’m fighting at The Garden and thank you to the team at Top Rank for putting me in a fight that will an entertaining one. I’ve sold a lot of tickets for this show so I want to be in a real fight against a game fighter and that’s what I have in Tapia.
“Tapia has been the distance with now world champion Shakur Stevenson and had a toe to toe fight with Vladimir Nikitin and I do my best to always be in exciting fights so I think this fight will be a fun one to watch and one that will show what level I’m at. I want to be challenging for titles of some sort before the years out, and I know I’ll have to look good against Tapia in order to prove to everyone why I should be in big fights in the near future.”
McCrory is joined on the bill by a number of other top prospects including Josue Vargas, Julian Rodriguez, Paddy Donovan and Christopher Zavala.