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Foley Fires Opening Shots Before Ogilvie Fight

 

Four days out from what could be the domestic boxing’s fight of the year and Darragh Foley has sent a high-velocity salvo in the direction of Perth’s Brandon Ogilvie. Irishman Foley, who lives in Sydney, meets Ogilvie over 10 rounds at Olympic Park on Saturday night for the latter’s World Boxing Association Oceania lightweight title. Ogilvie is also ranked No.10 by the WBA and his eastern States management team, which is also behind new heavyweight champion Lucas Browne, has plans to take him to America before the end of the year. But Foley, who has sparred his opponent more than once, rubbished the idea and said Ogilvie had only taken this fight to cash in before he is derailed elsewhere.

“I was reading that they are planning to fight for an interim belt or something before the year’s out. They’re delusional, that’s crap,” Foley said. Come on, man, who has he fought? He’s not fought anyone. He is going to get a beating on Saturday night. That’s the problem with Australian boxing, they all get a false sense of security (with a few wins), they all think they are world beaters. The one time he has stepped up he got knocked out by John Ford. Otherwise he’s not fought anyone of note. He knows he is in for a hiding on Saturday. But they’ve been offered a lucrative purse to come here and fight and he’s cashing in.

Ogilvie (14-1) has won his last nine since being halted by Ford, a man Foley defeated with a stoppage cut to win the WA light-welterweight strap in 2014. Foley (8-1), whose one loss came by split decision, has won his past three by stoppage. In his last outing in November he scored a one-round KO of Miles Zalewski to claim the Australian lightweight title. The confident Dubliner had his first three professional fights in Perth when he was trained by Angelo Hyder and says he always knew he and Ogilvie would fight.

I moved around with Brandon a couple of times, I think we sparred each other two or three times, Foley said. It’s kind of difficult to really know what to take from those sessions, but I remember them being pretty much 50-50. I think I have improved a hell of a lot since then while he seems to be doing the same things – beating up the Indonesian featherweights they bring over. He’s always had an attitude on him. I would say hello, he would say hello, but not much more really … I always knew I would fight him, I always had an eye on him. That’s why I didn’t get too friendly with him and kept him at arm’s distance. But what better time to fight him now he’s No.10 with the WBA?

Since moving to Sydney and teaming up with Bondi trainer Tony Del Vecchio, Foley says he has not looked back. Everything has gone up a whole level,” he said. Sparring is better, I’m regularly sparring top fighters. In Perth, after I won the West Australian title, nobody was giving me good work and I was going backwards. I stood back and realised I needed to be among it (in Sydney). Sparring is different gravy down here. There are also not enough shows in Perth and if you were fighting on one of the promoter’s shows you couldn’t fight on another’s. Here in Sydney you can try your hand on five or six different shows. So I’m a much different fighter, whereas Brandon’s doing the same things. But hopefully he is believing he is a big puncher after stopping some bloke in Perth last month and he will come and have a fight.

“It’s going to go my way in a big way.”

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