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I think about Billy McKee every day and I'll bring world title belt to his graveside to honour him

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The death of my old mentor Billy McKee has hit me hard.

The death of my old mentor Billy McKee has hit me hard.

The death of my old mentor Billy McKee has hit me hard.

This Saturday night I believe will be the greatest moment of my professional boxing career. Defeating WBO world super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring to become a three-weight world champion would top everything else.

To become the only boxer from the island of Ireland to win world titles at three weights and just the third British fighter since the war to achieve the feat gives me goosebumps. My motivation could not be higher and, while obviously I am doing this for personal achievement, this is also for everyone who has helped me get to this point.

On my bedside table in the hotel here in Dubai are two photographs - one of my kids and the other of my late great mentor and coach Billy McKee, who passed away last month. It hit me really hard when Billy died and it hasn't been easy since then. I think about Billy every day and I would love nothing more than to bring home the belt and take it to his graveside, to honour him with the role he played in making me the fighter and man I am.


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