HUNGARY’S Jozsef Baba has been confirmed as the opponent for Limerick’s Graham McCormack-O’Shea at Dublin’s National Stadium on Saturday night.
The Garryowen super-welter makes his pro debut on a 13-bout Celtic Clash 4 card at the home of Irish boxing.
Kildare’s Eric Donovan headlines the promotion against Spain’s Juan Luis Gonzalez. Limerick southpaw Andy Lee, the former WBO World middleweight champion, will be working Donovan’s corner.
McCormack-O’Shea boxed as an amateur with the St Francis BC and Corpus Christi BC in Limerick, winning Munster League gold. He also claimed a provincial belt at light-heavy but was beaten at the National Senior Championships (formerly Intermediates) in 2016.
He’s currently training with former Irish champion Eddie Hyland in Dublin.
“I can’t wait to get in the ring and do what I do best. I’m itching to get in now”, McCormack-O’Shea told Limerick Life.
“I felt that professional boxing called out to me a lot more. I’m a big believer in fate and I believe this is the path I’ve been put on, I truly believe I’m going to successful at this. I’m not coming on board to become just another fighter.”
The Shannonsider hailed the positive influence of his chief seconds and admitted he’s stunned by the support he’s getting in his hometown.
“I’m lucky that I’ve got Eddie Hyland as my trainer. He really has helped to adapt to the pro style”, he added.
“I can’t believe the support I’ve received since I made the decision (to switch codes). I didn’t expect that the people of Limerick would get behind me so much. I’m overwhelmed by the support I’m receiving.”
“We really do come from the greatest city in the world and I’m looking forward to this journey. It’s going to be an exciting journey.”
Baba has won one of his two outings going into the four-rounder.