By Damian Dolan.
Steve Collins Jr will have a lot to live up to when he steps into the ring at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Friday night (July 5).
The son of two-time, two division world champion Steve Collins, Collins Jr has, for the time being at least, swapped tackle bags for boxing gloves as he attempts to follow in his father’s footsteps…and giant footsteps they are at that.
A promising rugby player with Lansdowne RFC in his own right, Collins Jr helped Mike Rudduck’s side to Ulster Bank Division 1A League success for the first time in May, and has attracted interest from Wasps and London Irish.
His decision to turn pro, therefore, has come somewhat out of the blue. So much so that when the 23-year-old steps into the ring at York Hall it won’t just be his first pro fight, but his first fight full-stop. It just might, however, be the night a new boxing talent is unearthed.
Ringside will be Collins Sr. His fights with Chis Eubank and Nigel Benn in the 1990s are the stuff of boxing legend, but just how the proud dad will cope with watching his son in action remains to be seen.
“I’ll be up and down off my seat – you’ll see me and hear me,” said Collins Sr. “I wouldn’t want to be sitting behind me at that show.
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