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Belleek middleweight Fearghus Quinn ready to break delft on professional debut

Belleek middleweight Fearghus Quinn makes his professional debut in Wakefield tomorrow night
Andy Watters

TIME must have passed slowly for Fearghus Quinn as he spent yesterday staring at the walls of his hotel room.

The south Armagh middleweight, who makes his professional debut tomorrow night, had a Covid-19 test yesterday and was quarantined until the result came back this morning. It was a long wait but he's well used to that.

Belleek native Quinn has been waiting since April for his first pro fight so a few more hours can't have made much difference. All being well with the Covid test, he'll be the first man in the ring at Wakefield tomorrow night and, as debuts go, his is about as tough as you'll get.

The south Armagh middleweight is up against 26-year-old ‘Camden Caretaker' Robbie Chapman who has a 6-3 record, fought for a Southern Area title late last year and will see Quinn as an opportunity chance to get back to winning ways.

“I'm in against a good, tough test for the first one,” agreed the former Armagh GAA star.

“But that's what I want. With the limited number of fights on each show they (promoters MTK) are reluctant to give anybody a ‘gimme' so your options are to take a fight that's going to test you or wait until they can give you an easier fight.

“I'm just happy to be out, it's good to get a good tough test to start with and it's been a long time coming,” he said.

“It's been a bit of a wait but I kept the head down all through lockdown. MTK were saying that as soon as lockdown was over they were hoping to run shows so I kept ready and as soon as they've got back they've got me out and I'm looking forward to getting going.

“I live out in the middle of nowhere so I was able to get out and do my runs and do my training and nobody was going to complain. I'm feeling good and I can't wait to get in there.”

He wouldn't be human if there wasn't a few butterflies doing the rounds in his stomach. The former Ulster senior champion who started boxing aged 10, says becoming a pro was “always something I wanted to do”.

“I always like having a few nerves,” he says.

“You know you're switched-on and your head is in the right place.

“As I started to get into boxing I realised I had more of a pro style and that the pro game would suit me. It was always something I wanted to do and I've always thought I would excel at it.

“I've always had ambitions of being a pro so tomorrow is a big day, it's a big milestone in my career. I've trained hard for it and I'm looking forward to it so hopefully everything goes well. It's a good platform, a good bill to be on to show what I'm about.”

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