Stephen Haughian ready to grasp his chance

Stephen Haughian
Stephen Haughian

Stephen Haughian is ready to throw a spanner in the works at the Odyssey on December 1.

Lurgan fighter Haughian will face John O’Donnell in an eight rounder on the undercard of the Tyson Fury versus Kevin Johnson heavyweight clash.

And O’Donnell is coming to town to beat Haughian before targeting a shot at the British title.

But Haughian says he wants to put himself back in the shop window after over a year out of the ring.

“This is a huge opportunity for me. I have been out of the ring for about 18 months and when I win this one I will be on the way to fighting for the British title.

“O’Donnell is highly ranked and to beat him would put me right in the mix,” he added.

“I am just glad to be back in the ring. A few fights fell through on me, but I am feeling fresh and ready to go,” added Haughian.

O’Donnell however sees this as a great chance to get a crack at British champion Frankie Gavin.

“I believe I’m the best welterweight in Britain, I know people think that my best is behind me and they think that because of my loss to Craig Watson and I understand that so I have a point to prove on December 1.

“I know that Gavin has the British title but he wouldn’t fight me.

“He’ll stay clear of me unless I can become the number one challenger for the British title,” he added.

Also on the bill Joe Hillerby tackles Phil Fury, while Connal Carmichael fights Darren Corbett, John Hutchinson is up against Gerard Healy and Chris Eubank Jr will also appear.

Local fighters Dee Walsh, Paul Quinn, Marc McCullough, Daniel McShane and Matthew Wilton will also be in action.