Being overlooked is just want Yaaka wants to hear
JOEL McINTYRE has been handed his big-fight motivation after being disregarded by his next opponent.
And the Leigh Park light-heavyweight has told of his ambition of fighting for a title at Fratton Park.
McIntyre, nicknamed Yaaka, co-headlines at the next Portsmouth professional fight night on July 9.
The 28-year-old takes on Slovakian Vladimir Idranyi in his first contest of the year.
Idranyi shocked prospect Charlie Duffield last time out with a sixth-round stoppage.
He believes that will open doors to fights with some of the biggest English names in the division.
Promoter Steve Goodwin has indicated Idranyi is already looking past the McIntyre contest.
The 13-1 man explained taking on someone who isn’t just coming to survive is just what he wants to hear.
He stated he’s looking to deliver value as he looks to be in meaningful contests.
And, after returning to former trainer John Murray, he hopes that includes boxing at Fratton Park.
McIntyre said: ‘I want the fight to be a proper fight.
‘How could I expect to take money off people knowing it was an easy fight against someone who’s won one or two fights?
‘It’s music to my ears to hear he thinks he’s going to walk though me.
‘That gives me all the motivation I need.
‘I want to be in meaningful fights. I want to win the British title on the pitch at Fratton Park.’
Someone who knows all about Pompey’s home is former Blues defender Dave Birmingham.
The 35-year-old is making the transition into the boxing ranks and is matched with Qasim Hussain in his third pro lightweight contest.
Birmingham explained he’s loving making the switch and bringing his all-action style to the table.
The 2-0 man stated the fitness needed in the boxing ring is very different to that required on the pitch.
Birmingham said: ‘It’s hard but I’m enjoying it. I’ve got a great team around me.
‘It’s a massive difference from football. The fitness side is a lot tougher. The Pompey lads come in the gym and can’t do the training we do.
‘Having said that, maybe a few of us would be blowing if we went on a football pitch.
‘The biggest difference is being out there on your own in the ring. You haven’t got 10 people to bail you out. If you make a mistake you get hurt.
‘I want to go as far as I can. I’m enjoying what I’m doing.
‘I’ll fight anyone and I always come to fight. I’m always all out.’