‘Chop­per’ Cahill builds on de­but suc­cess

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BRAY teenager James Cahill is keen to con­tinue mak­ing a name for him­self when he re­turns to the ring for his sec­ond fight next month.

Fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive de­but win in Septem­ber, the 19 year old will fea­ture on the ‘Celtic Clash 4’ bill at the Na­tional Sta­dium on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2. The show is head­lined by for­mer top am­a­teur and RTÉ pun­dit Eric Donovan who de­fends his BUI Celtic feath­er­weight ti­tle against Juan­cho Gon­za­lez, while there is also Dublin grudge match be­tween for­mer Bray Wan­der­ers foot­baller Jay Byrne and Crank White­house for the BUI Celtic wel­ter­weight belt.

While he won’t be one of the main events, there will be plenty look­ing out for Cahill, who has al­ready marked him­self as one to watch af­ter just a sin­gle fight. Back in Septem­ber Cahill knocked down and won ev­ery round against Poland’s To­masz Goluch in what was one of the per­for­mances of the night on the ‘Celtic Clash 3’ card. The Wicklow young­ster had been talked up by those around them ahead of the fight, and fully de­liv­ered on the night with an ag­gres­sive and eye-catch­ing per­for­mance - although Cahill feels he has plenty more to give.

Look­ing back, Cahill re­flects how “it felt good. It was deadly to get out, prob­a­bly rushed it a small bit, few mi­nor things I could have done bet­ter but I’m happy enough, got the win and it was a good show. Just ea­ger, some­times it would have been bet­ter to stand back, I was smoth­er­ing my shots.

“Just small things, stupid things that I usu­ally wouldn’t do, that in spar­ring wouldn’t hap­pen. He was awk­ward and I felt I made mis­takes, but I’ll learn from them and now is the time to make them. I got the rounds in and they say they stand to you, I dropped him, I got the win and, apart from some small things, I was happy with my per­for­mance. It was a good per­for­mance, but I think there’s a lot of things still in the tank, def­i­nitely.”

Cahill is trained by Mark Buck­ley at St Teresa’s Box­ing Club in Bray along­side fly­weight Re­gan Buck­ley, Mark’s son, who also fea­tures on Celtic Clash 4.

The Gar­den County man will con­tinue to build on the bill, and will take on Poland’s Pa­tryk Jack­owiak in an­other four rounder.

Cahill is tar­get­ing an­other at­ten­tion-grab­bing win and con­fesses that “I’m def­i­nitely look­ing for a knock­out but what­ever way is okay as long as I win. Hope­fully a stop­page, but there are no ex­pec­ta­tions, I just get in there and go toe-to-toe.”

While he is one of the youngest ac­tive pros in the coun­try, Cahill does not want to be mol­ly­cod­dled. In­deed ‘Chop­per’ wants to be in­volved in big fights with do­mes­tic ri­vals as early as pos­si­ble.

“The heavy hit­ting wel­ter brims with con­fi­dence and out­lines how “I wouldn’t be big headed, but I don’t think there’s much in Ire­land. I think for next year, no one’s go­ing to stay in with me. When I can train the way I want to, I don’t think no one can even touch me next year.”

“I am al­ways con­fi­dent. I’d be that way in and out of the ring even against the big­gest names, that’s just how I am.

“Hope­fully I am kept busy now and there are a few good names that will fight me sooner rather than later. I am not here for an easy ride. I want good fights.”

Celtic Clash 4 also fea­tures Bernard Roe, Gra­ham O’Shea McCor­mack, Vladimir Belu­jsky, John Joyce, Stephen McAfee, Martin Quinn, Dy­lan McDon­agh, Thomas Fin­negan, and Niall O’Con­nor.

Tick­ets for the card cost €15 (un­der 15s: must be bought along­side adult ticket), €30, €40, €60, and €100, and can be pur­chased from James at 083 810 7064 or via Tick­et­mas­ter.ie or Tick­et­mas­ter out­lets na­tion­wide.

James Cahill in ac­tion.

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