Stephen Ormond targets Ray Beltran ahead of Friday outing

Ringside 22/08/2018

Stephen Ormond believes the sky’s the limit ahead of Friday’s mouthwatering clash with world-ranked George Ashie and has his sights trained on a world champion.

‘The Rock’ – a former European lightweight champion – knows he faces a tough task in Ghana’s Ashie on the MTK Global show at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena but is mapping a course to a big title shot.

Ormond (25-5-KO13) was last seen dishing out a schooling to Nelson Altamirano in June and believes he can overcome Ashie (28-4-1-KO20) on his way to a clash with WBO world champion Raymundo Beltran.

Ormond said: “It was nice to get the rounds in in my last fight. It was more about that than bouncing back and I thought it went well because the opponent was a light-middleweight in there.

“I’ve seen Ashie’s fights. He’s got a great record and he’s obviously very tough. He’s highly ranked for a reason but I’m going to take that ranking off him when I face him.

“It’s clear that Ashie is very durable – he took Kevin Mitchell the full distance when they fought for the Commonwealth title. This will be a fantastic win for me because Ashie is a really high-class opponent.

“Raymundo Beltran is the end goal for me. That’s who I want to fight. He’s got the WBO world lightweight title and I plan to challenge him for it.”

Ormond v Ashie features on a stacked card that also includes Darragh Foley v Chris Jenkins, Davey Oliver Joyce, David Brophy, Kieran Smith and many more.

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