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Fresh off his International Boxing Association (IBA) Inter-Continental title-winning performance in his last outing in October 2017, undefeated Canadian lightweight sensation Josh ‘Dubs’ O’Reilly is now ready to make is 2018 debut before another packed crowd at the Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario’s Mecca of boxing. The scrappy and exciting local product will headline United Boxing Promotions latest gala / St. Patrick’s Day boxing event on March 17.
The 27-year-old O’Reilly (10-0, 4 KOs), who fights with the fury of his Irish heritage, made quick work of his last opponent, Mexico’s Oscar ‘Elegante’ Arjona (13-7, 5 KOs) in the fifth round of their October 21stto claim the vacant IBA Inter-Continental championship. Now widely regarded as one of Canada’s top lightweights, O’Reilly is looking to step up the competition this year to make his mark on the global scene.
FightFan.com caught up with O’Reilly this week:
FF: Thanks for the time Josh, can you tell us a little bit about how you got started in the sport as a youngster?
JO: My grandfather was a boxer and he would tell me all of his old war stories. I always enjoyed watching the sport as well. I enjoyed fighting and would box with friends in their backyards. I decided I actually wanted to try it in high school. Back then I was playing hockey with the Wilcox boys and decided to their gym. I slowly stopped caring about other sports and fell in love with boxing.
FF: Who were some of the fighters you looked up to and enjoyed watching?
JO: I loved Roy Jones Jr. I was a small kid growing up and I always thought it was amazing how he went from 154 lbs to heavyweight. Spectacular to watch. My favourite right now is Vasyl Lomachenko, he’s the best fighter I’ve ever seen.
FF: Can you tell us a little bit about your amateur career?
JO: I had 101 amateur fights. I won three provincial championships, and twice won silver at nationals.
FF: How would you describe your style as a fighter for those fans who might not have seen you fight yet?
JO: I would say I’m a fan friendly fighter. I can box, I can move forward, and I like to stay in the pocket and trade as well.
FF: You are quickly becoming one of Ontario’s most popular fighters… what is it like fighting in bigger fights at the electric Hershey Centre?
JO: It’s a great atmosphere at the Hershey Centre! The place is always packed and it fires you up to know a ton of people there are supporting you and have been for a while. The crowd really gets behind you. It’s a great venue to fight at.
FF: Anything else you’d like to say about what the fans can expect to see March 17?
JO: I’d like to encourage the fans to come out… there’s still time to get your tickets. You can reach out to me directly on social media @dubsyoreilly. I’m looking to steal the show on March 17! I’m in great shape and at a great spot mentally. I’m looking to show the improvements we’ve made with this last training camp. I want to thank everyone on my team who’s been helping me. My coaches Bob Wilcox and Zaya Younan, and my Coach the last few fights Billy Irwin who has been making a big difference for me. My teammates, my Promoter Tyler Buxton, the United Boxing Promotios Team and everyone who’s genuinely supporting me. I always apprecaite the love!
Other names slated to see action on the exciting March 17 gala include heavyweight Franz Rill, light heavyweight Tim Cronin, and many more local fighters rounding out an exciting undercard!
Tickets are now available online at: Ticketmaster.
As always keep an eye on Boxrec.com for more information on the card as fight night approaches.
For more information keep an eye on United Boxing Promotions on their frequently updated Facebook Page
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