BIG FIGHT PREVIEW: Conway can't wait to hear the sound of crowd!
After more than a year of boxing in front of empty and near-empty arenas and even in Eddie Hearn’s back garden due to Covid-19 restrictions, Kieron Conway can’t wait to strut his stuff in front of a crowd again this weekend.
And the fact that he will take on unbeaten Frenchman Soulemayne Cissokho in front of around 70,000 fight fans at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Texas only serves to inspire Conway even more.
The Northampton boxer certainly isn’t anticipating getting any sort of stage fright!
Conway is defending his WBA Intercontinental super welterweight title against 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Cissokho, who is going into the fight with a 100 per cent record from 12 bouts.
The contest, which will be staged in the early hours of Sunday morning UK time, is on the undercard of the huge world super-middleweight title bout between Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders and is being streamed throughout the world on DAZN.
And Team Shoe-Box man Conway admits this is the sort of fight night he has been dreaming of since taking up boxing as a young lad at the Kings Heath Boxing Club.
“I really, really love fighting in front of a crowd, it’s what spurs me on when there are a lot of people watching and there are a lot of eyes on me,” said Conway, who takes on Cissokho at the cavernous AT&T Arena in Arlington.
“That is what brings out a different side of me, and I am really looking forward to it, the atmosphere, the sounds, everything, it is going to be really good.
“It will certainly be a nice change compared to my last few fights, although there were 1,000 in for my fight in December.
"But that was like going back to boxing in sports halls, this is big crowds... nice.”
It is only a couple of years ago that Conway literally fought for nothing on a show at The Deco in the town centre, but he is now operating on a different level, and he is revelling in it.
“When you are on those small hall shows when you first turn pro, you see these nights as a surreal thing," said Conway.
“You start to question if you are ever going to box on one of those big nights, and then suddenly it’s the Canelo card on Cinco de Mayo weekend as well (a Mexican public holiday), and it is the top of the top.
“That is the absolute elite, and I need a big performance and win, and there will be big things afterwards.
“There are going to be big boxing people there, big business people, celebrities, and it is going to be great. I can't wait."