Popular super-lightweight Darragh Foley is relishing the chance to return to winning ways against Wellem Reyk on Friday night.
‘Super’ (15-3-1-KO8) was narrowly outpointed by MTK Global team-mate Akeem Ennis Brown in pursuit of the IBF European super-lightweight title last time out and having won several world-ranking titles prior, is keen to wash away that unfamiliar taste of defeat.
Foley, who fights Reyk at Sydney’s Horden Pavilion, said: “I’m a proud man. In boxing, you’re only as good as your last fight so I want to shed the tag of ‘loser’ at the first available opportunity.
“Defeat leaves a bitter taste in my mouth – especially being pickpocketed like that. Allowing it to fester is dangerous, so I really need this fight.
“I’ll get this one out of the way, get back into my groove and then I’ll be ready for another big fight. I’ll fight anyone that makes sense.
“If I’m honest, I’d like the rematch with Brown before the year’s out. You can fool me once but lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place.
“I gave him the chance when I was ranked No. 5 in the world and I didn’t need to. I’m sure he’d repay the favour because he has balls. Other than that, I don’t really have a plan other than to get this one out of the way and then see what’s offered.”
Joining Foley on the card is MTK Global team-mate Mateo Tapia (8-0-KO5), who has taken aim at the Australian title and faces another unbeaten fighter in Adam Copley.