CORK and Ireland’s favourite Muay Thai son Sean Clancy is now counting down the hours for his upcoming World Title shot.
Tomorrow at Neptune Stadium, Clancy will fight against Italian Alessandro Sara for the WBC Muay Thai Super-Lightweight World Title.
It promises to be a closely contested and high quality bout.
Clancy, who won the WBC International title back in March, is currently ranked 10th in the world rankings.
His opponent from Italy meanwhile ranked seventh. Clancy has put many years of effort and dedication into to get to this moment.
So to become champion of the world on his own doorstep is a very tantalising prospect.
“He fights an Italian based fighter for this world title in Cork. It is great because Sean is a Fermoy man himself. So it is great to do it in Cork,” said Martin Horgan, who is organising what should be a brilliant event in Neptune Stadium tomorrow evening.
“Sean is after 63 hard fights now at this stage. It has been a long slog. He has fought all over the world. He has fought in Australia, Japan, Iraq and Thailand where he is based.
“His opponent, the Italian guy is based in Thailand as well. A lot of guys base themselves in Thailand, they get a lot more activity out there.“
Clancy will hope to do himself and Ireland proud tomorrow night. This is overall an exciting time for him and there are some potential big opportunities in the pipeline.
“Sean Clancy, he is great and he is tough. He is well able to trade shots and he has come off the back of an international title win against a very strong Australian in Dublin back in March,” adds Horgan.
“Previous to that, he fought an American and had a very good win against him as well.
“Sean is well placed and he is in great form. He is in prime shape now to make his mark.
“He is also lined up to fight for another World Title, it is the Lion Fight world title. That will be in Las Vegas in September.
“So he has some big times ahead of him.”
The sacrifice and commitment to this sport has seen him being based out in Thailand, where Muay Thai is a way of life and not only just a hobby.
Outlining the dedication which Clancy has put in to the sport, Horgan discusses the steps fighters such as Clancy undertake to forge a career in this particular game.
“You have to make big sacrifices. You are living out in Asia. You are living in the camp and you are not going out there as people going partying and stuff like that.
“You are living as a fighter in the camp. Training in the morning, training in the evening and you are completely involved in the sport that way.
“It is not easy.
“There is a lot of sacrifices. The money isn’t huge out there.
“So you are surviving fight to fight on fightmoney.
“But now Sean gets to pick and choose what fights he wants to do because he is so high in the rankings and has got a good thing going for himself.
“Luckily he is fighting for this world title and then he can move on to fight in Vegas. He has some good opportunities ahead for himself.”
Overall it has the potential to be a very successful event all around tomorrow at Neptune Stadium. This is two events mixed into one.
After the Muay Thai card is concluded, there will be the return to pro boxing on Leeside, with the boxing side of the card being headlined by Macroom native Noel Murphy.
All in all it promises to be a great occasion tomorrow, with the card stacked full of Cork fighting talent.
It is a one in a kind event and one which organiser Horgan is really looking forward to. “It is the first time ever it has happened. We have such a big boxing card, which kicks off at 4pm.
“We have a small card, but a very good card of Cork fighters. Our own Ryan Sheehan is a World Thai boxing champion as well and that is followed by Sean Clancy. So they would be the two main Thai boxing fights.
“They happen to both be Corkmen and two big fights in Cork City again for Thai Boxing.
“Then we move onto, for the first time in a decade, professional boxing in Cork. We are delighted to have Noely Murphy headlining the card.
“The Thai boxing and boxing cards should compliment each other for the crowd. Everyone gets the best of both world no matter what you want to see.”
Sean Clancy has worked towards this opportunity for many years now. To become a world champion on his native Leeside would mean the absolute world to him.
It is best to leave the final word to the man of the moment, the man set on becoming World Champion.
“It’s all about the GREEN. Eyes are on the price and hungry to wrap that WBC World Title Belt around my waist. July 20 the Irish are taking over,” said Clancy in a post on social media. He is primed and ready to go to battle and will do all in his might to secure the much cherished belt on offer.