As fight week draws to a close, there is more than fighting on the mind of Mike McGoldrick (2-0) who continues his professional journey at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on Friday night. McGoldrick, still juggles a day job around his training and the transition to the professional ranks has been an eye opener for ‘Goldie’.
McGoldrick said: “The professional game has a lot more to it than people think, around work I am training whilst also promoting my upcoming fight and dropping off tickets. It takes a lot of time but I am dedicating myself. My life is pretty much work, eat, boxing, sleep at the moment’
McGoldrick, 33, is managed by the ever growing MTK Global and was full of praise for the management company who have presented him with ample opportunity to get some invaluable ring time since he turned over to the professional ranks.
“It has been great to be a part of MTK and fighting on the MTK shows” Said McGoldrick. “There is no messing about, the shows are ran well and they are always at a high standard.”
McGoldrick who is looking to progress in 2019 added;
“I will hopefully progress to fight over 6/8 rounds next year. Most of the smaller domestic belts are fought over the slightly longer distance so hopefully I can progress towards a title. Whether that be an area title or challenge belt, I turned over as a professional to achieve something”
McGoldrick will certainly be given the opportunity under the guidance of ‘MTK’ and trainer Johnny Roye. ‘Goldie’ trains out of Barrow-In-Furness and shares a gym with the English Light Heavyweight Champion, Liam Conroy (16-3-1 8KO) and regular sparring between the pair has been beneficial for both parties;
("Goldie" with trainer Johnny Roye)
“It is a good gym ours, everybody works hard. I first sparred Liam when he was a young amateur and he could bang then. It is great for me to get rounds in with him but I believe I am helping to bring him on as well”
This Friday provides an opportunity for ‘Goldie’ to move to 3-0 as he takes on the well-travelled Lewis Van Poetsch at Super Middleweight, the weight that McGoldrick says he will campaign at going forward. 2019 should be an exciting year for the Cumbrian who will be hoping to reap the benefits of his hard work inside and outside of the ring.
The card on Friday is stacked with talent and marks the comeback of former British Light Middleweight champion Brian ‘The Lion’ Rose.
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