CORK super-featherweight James Power wants to make a name for himself in Los Angeles before returning home for a dream fight on Leeside.
The unbeaten Dripsey fighter is signed with Sheer Sports of LA and plans to return to America after the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
The 19-year-old claimed six county titles, four Munster belts and two national gold medals boxing with the Macroom BC in the amateurs ranks.
He turned pro in 2018 and has so far won five fights, four by way of knock out. Power training briefly with Pete Taylor after switching codes.
Taylor, who steered his daughter Katie to Ireland’s only Olympic gold medal in any sport this century, said he was a top prospect.
“James works hard is a fantastic young boxer and has a great attitude to every aspect of the sport. He’s learning all the time, and I expect him to go places,” said Taylor.
Power hailed the influence of his team and family on his career.
“Once quarantine ends, I will return to America to continue training and pursuing my career. I have a fantastic team behind me and truly believe that it’s only a matter of time before we accomplish big things in this sport," he said.
“Every fighter has a lot of short and long term goals, and I am focused on achieving each one of mine. For now, I will continue to move up the rankings and when the time is right, challenge for titles.
"I’m confident that the team I have around me will guide me in the right direction."
The hard-punching orthodox could have at least 10 fights under his belt before he answers an opening bell on Leeside, but he’s dreaming of that day.
“I would also love to return to Cork and fight in front of my home crowd. That’s a massive dream of mine, and I’ll do everything I can to ensure that it happens," he added.
“I am very fortunate for the people that I’ve got around me. My mother, sister and family have supported since day one; my friends have stood by me throughout the years.
“The entire country continues to blow me away with their continuous support. I will do everything that I can to make them all proud.
I’m signed with Ken Sheer. I’m waiting for this (Covid-19) to all blow over to attain my visa, and then I will be moving to LA on a permanent basis. Small goals like that are keeping me busy.”