Padraig McCrory insists he’s happy to roll the dice in the high-pressure stakes of professional boxing.
The undefeated McCrory rose to 12-0 in the pro ranks, winning the BUI Celtic and WBC Silver super middleweight titles along the way.
It’s been a steady climb from “The Hammer” since his professional debut in June 2017, and he will look to take another step up the ladder of success when he takes on Celso Neves at Ulster Hall on the 5th. November.
At 33, McCrory accepts that his time is limited in the fighting game, but he’s ready to “ride the wave” for as long as his career lasts.
“The stakes rise with every fight I fight,” McCrory told Belfast Live.
“Before Covid I was on shows and wasn’t even sure I had a TV niche. Now I’m co-main event and last time I opened the show at Feile.
“I am fast becoming a name in Irish boxing, and someone the fans want to see.
“It puts pressure on it, but I like it. I have a young family and I just want to do well for them. And the more wins I get, the more it benefits me and my family.
“I’m comfortable with pressure and high stakes. I always want to fight late in a map so more people can watch me. I love the crowd and the buzz. I love singing and all that, and I soak up everything from above.
“I’m 33 and haven’t played 10 yet. I have to enjoy the moment, and these things are priceless to me.
“I’m riding the wave.”
McCrory returns to Ulster Hall for his next assignment.
This will be the fourth time he has fought at the iconic boxing site, which always offers a cauldron atmosphere for big fight nights in the city.
“The atmosphere will be electric in Ulster Hall,” added ‘The Hammer’.
“I’ve fought there before and loved it. It’s a place steeped in boxing history, and every time I step in the ring it just gets better and better.
“The ring is right in the middle. It’s a cauldron.
“I expect a big crowd there and a lot of noise.”