UK News: Darragh Foley, Robinson, McGoldrick, Ruegg, More

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Mike McGoldrick says he has never felt as fit as he does now as he prepares to make the step up to six rounds in his next fight.

McGoldrick (3-0) is back in action at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester on March 15, and he’s hoping to show everybody just what he is capable of over a longer distance.

McGoldrick said: “I can’t wait to step up to six rounds. I’m feeling fitter than I ever have before and I’m wanting to challenge myself.

“The four round fights felt quite short as you can’t really get into your stride, so I’m looking forward to getting in there and accelerating my way up to 10 rounds as quickly as I can.

“The progress I’ve made has been brilliant with Johnney Roye at MTK. Every time I go down there, I learn more technical stuff about boxing each time. 

“I’m really happy with the strides I’ve made since my debut and I feel like I’m a more complete fighter now.

“We’re taking it one fight at a time, so my aim right now is just to stay injury free and make sure I’m fight enough to eventually get to 10 rounds.”

The event at Bowlers on March 15 will be shown live on iFL TV, and features a WBO European title fight between Davey Oliver Joyce and Stephen Tiffney.

There are several other local prospects on the bill in March, including Ben Sheedy, Macaulay McGowan and Craig Bunn.

MTK Global is proud to announce the signing of talented featherweight Mace Ruegg as he turns professional.
 
The Bournemouth teenager began in Thai boxing and went on to wow crowds in the Queensbury Boxing League, where he won the Regional Title, and is determined to make his mark swiftly in the paid ranks.
 
Ruegg said: “I can’t put into words how I feel. To get an opportunity like this with MTK Global is amazing. I’m here to win and I want people to go away from my fights talking about me.
 
“This is the entertainment business. It’s how I express myself – having my hands down and using my naturally flamboyant style. You can tell who I am from how I fight – a confident guy who knows I’ll get the job done.
 
“I can fight in many different ways. I can work on brawling, then the next fight I’ll box, then I’ll move. It all depends on my surroundings and what my opponent is doing. I adjust to what’s in front of me.
 
“While I aim to entertain in the ring, I’m always respectful of my opponents because I want to be a good character to look up to for youngsters. Boxers have powerful roles and I want to set a positive example for young people.”

Jacob Robinson believes the relationship he has with his father and trainer will prove to be all the difference as he looks to go from strength to strength in 2019.

Robinson (4-0, KO2) is unbeaten in his career, and has a step up in competition when he returns against Jonny Phillips (5-1) on an MTK Global show at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff on March 1, live on iFL TV.

The Welsh prospect is trained by his dad, former world champion Steve Robinson, and Jacob is confident that the partnership will help achieve his goals in the sport.

Robinson said: “I listen to my dad and he believes in me. When I get that confidence, he says it will bring me to another level and make me a much better fighter.

“He’s been my trainer since day one when I started. We’ve got a great relationship and he knows me inside out. You can’t buy his knowledge and experience.

“My dad always says that the more relaxed you are, the less you heave your punches and you won’t get tired. He thinks the 10-round distance for me in the next few fights will be brilliant.

“I’ve got this fight with Jonny Phillips coming up and we’re working hard every day in the gym. I think this is the perfect fight at the perfect time for me.”

The event in Cardiff is headlined by an IBF European super-lightweight title fight between Akeem Ennis Brown and Bilal Rehman.

There are a number of exciting stars also on the undercard, including Jay Harris, Alex Hughes and Kieran Gething.

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Popular super-lightweight Darragh Foley is relishing the chance to return to winning ways against Wellem Reyk on Friday night.
 
‘Super’ (15-3-1-KO8) was narrowly outpointed by MTK Global team-mate Akeem Ennis Brown in pursuit of the IBF European super-lightweight title last time out and having won several world-ranking titles prior, is keen to wash away that unfamiliar taste of defeat.
 
Foley, who fights Reyk at Sydney’s Horden Pavilion, said: “I’m a proud man. In boxing, you’re only as good as your last fight so I want to shed the tag of ‘loser’ at the first available opportunity.
 
“Defeat leaves a bitter taste in my mouth – especially being pickpocketed like that. Allowing it to fester is dangerous, so I really need this fight.
 
“I’ll get this one out of the way, get back into my groove and then I’ll be ready for another big fight. I’ll fight anyone that makes sense.
 
“If I’m honest, I’d like the rematch with Brown before the year’s out. You can fool me once but lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place.
 
“I gave him the chance when I was ranked No. 5 in the world and I didn’t need to. I’m sure he’d repay the favour because he has balls. Other than that, I don’t really have a plan other than to get this one out of the way and then see what’s offered.”
 
Joining Foley on the card is MTK Global team-mate Mateo Tapia (8-0-KO5), who has taken aim at the Australian title and faces another unbeaten fighter in Adam Copley.




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