EVERYTHING had been going so positively for Allan Phelan since his return to the ring in Ireland earlier this year that it was a major surprise when he was beaten by English man Jamie Quinn in June, in his third fight back in his own country after a spell in America. Phelan admits that was a big shock to him and something that took some time to get over.
“It was fairly frustrating and annoying because I thought it was thought I did enough to win it but that’s boxing, you have to learn from it. I was annoyed and upset but after a week or two I just got over it and took it on the chin. It’s just after giving me the kick in the arse to work even harder and harder to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“If anything I tried to turn it into a positive and try not let it happen again. There’s no point being sour about these things, sometimes they just happen and you have to deal with it. It happens in life as well sometimes, not just in boxing. How you come back from those kind of things is what makes you a better person and a champion,” said the 25 year old.
He was very keen to put that behind him so was delighted to get the chance to be a part of the Red Corner Promotions ‘Champions Elect’ night in the National Stadium on Saturday.
“The plan was to get back in the ring straight away to get over it and show people that it was just a bad night. Things didn’t go according to plan so I just wanted to get back into the ring straight away and get back on top form. We have worked really hard in the gym, got good sparring, things have gone to plan so I’m looking forward to the fight on Saturday night,” said Phelan.
Phelan still does his boxing training in the Celtic Warriors gym in Blancardstown and combines that with his strength and conditioning work in The Gym in Monasterevin.
“I’m still up in Celtic Warriors and training there is going really well. I’m training down in the Gym in Monasterevin and I’m doing strength and conditioning there three times a week. The Gym is very, very good, it’s one of the best I’ve seen, even in the time I spent in America, it’s a very decent set up there. It has everything you need and there is a nice atmosphere there as well,” said Phelan.
Saturday night’s opponent, Krzysztof Rogowski, will be one on the radar of Kildare boxing fans already after he was stopped in the second round by Eric Donovan 11 months ago
“He’s a Polish guy, Eric Donovan boxed him already, so I’m looking forward to getting in with him and looking forward to getting in there and making a statement.
“It will be a good show on the night. My manager manages Noely Murphy and he’s the main event and his fight should be a good scrap. He’s fighting an ex European champion. Craig O’Brien is another guy I train with and he has a Celtic Nations title fight. Chris Blaney is on the card, there are six or seven decent fights so it should be a good night. The lads are pulling out all the stops to put on a good night,” said Phelan.
Phelan will be hoping to continue a good week for his family after his sister Katelynn was included on the Irish team for the AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships in Guwahati, India next month.