By Jay Mwamba
Martin O’Malley plans to make short work of seasoned Ghanaian lightweight champion Awel Abdulai in their non-title match at Yonkers Raceway tonight.
"I’m back in shape and really looking forward to fighting again," the 15-0 prospect said last week.
"He’s supposed to be a pretty durable guy who’s always in good shape and comes at you," O’Malley added. "I’m thinking he’ll always be in my face, which is good for me."
O’Malley did most of his training for the scheduled eight-rounder at his family’s second home in Phoenix.
"I’ve been working on my jab a little more and I hope to show it in this fight," the boxer-puncher said.
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Trainer James "Country" Thornwell said O’Malley was ripe and ready to go.
"One thing about Martin is that he’s a dedicated fighter and he really wants to do this," Thornwell, who once worked with former world heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon, remarked.
"Styles make fights and if (Abdulai) cines straight at us, the better for us," Thornwell echoed.
Abdulai, with a 25-12-1 record in prize fighting, is one of the most solid opponents the 25-year-old O’Malley has faced. The Las Vegas-based West African has chalked up 13 KOs in his 25 victories.
After Abdulai, O’Malley is hoping to squeeze in another tune-up bout next month before his scheduled March 16 national TV debut, against an opponent to be announced, on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights boxing series. The card will emanate from Philadelphia’s famed Blue Horizon.
O’Malley’s last fight was a fourth-round KO over another opponent of Ghanaian descent, the Bronx’s Stephen Owusu.
Former world light-heavyweight champion Lou Del Valle will meet Earl Butler in the co-feature bout at Yonkers tonight.