Irish phenomenon Pierce O'Leary is loving life under new trainer Al Smith - and feels the recent switch will spell trouble for Harry Limburn when they meet in less than a fortnight.
Strong southpaw Pierce O'Leary (4-0, 1 KO) faces fellow undefeated fighter Harry Limburn (6-0) on a massive #MTKFightNight at the LS-Live in Wakefield on August 12, live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and worldwide on IFL TV.
The talented pair will meet at 140lbs, likely to be over six-rounds, but that has yet to be confirmed. 23 from Eastleigh in Hampshire, Limburn has managed to win every one of the 26 rounds he has boxed so far, sharing just a coupke of the rounds along the way. His quality of opponents have been the usual suspects, but a 40-36 win over Berman Sanchez (29-9-3) in his fifth fight in October last year is impressive, considering the Nicaraguan was a WBA Fedebol champion in 2011 and has shared the rng with pound-for-pound superstar Miguel Berchelt and three-weight world champion Jorge Linares.
Nicknamed 'Big Bang', Dubliner O'Leary, has won all 14 rounds of his short career so far, which only started with his professional debut in October 2019, but he quickly returned to the ring a month later in November, then again just days before Christmas to end the year on 3-0. He fought again in February this year, which was his fourth fight in four months.
This will be O'Leary's first fight after relocating to London to work alongside Smith at the iBox Gym, and he's ready to show everybody just how much his talented have improved.
O'Leary said: "I'm really excited to back, and what a tremendous card to be out on straight after lockdown. I'm more than ready for this step up and I believe it's going to bring the best out of me yet.
"I don't know much about Limburn, other than he fought one of my fellow opponents. He's 6-0, but he has fought nobody. I know he'll be coming to win, but once I stay on top of my game plan, it will be a long night for him.
"I've teamed up with Al Smith and all of the coaches in the iBox Gym like Paul Taylor and Eddie Lamm. They have being helping me a lot and it means everything.
"Al and I have being working on bringing the best out of me. We have gelled really well and it's a great atmosphere in the gym all of the time. Everyone is willing to help each other, so I can't wait to show the world what I've gained come fight night.
"It's being a great journey so far. MTK Global have being keeping me active and I've been getting used to the big events. Now I'm going for my fifth win."
O'Leary vs. Limburn is part of a huge show on August 12, which is headlined by Jono Carroll vs. Maxi Hughes and also features Sean McComb going up against Siar Ozgul, Craig MacIntyre taking on Darren Surtees, and Sahir Iqbal facing Maredudd Thomas for the WBC Youth title.
It kicks off a brilliant run of #MTKFightNight events throughout the summer, with the likes of Lewis Crocker, Lee McGregor, Gary Cully, Akeem Ennis Brown, Dan Azeez and more all in action over the coming months.