At just 17, James Power has entered the brutal world of the professional ranks of boxing.
It’s a bold move for a teenager who has yet to complete the Leaving Cert, but his start to life in pro boxing has been a promising one.
Trained by Declan Geraghty, the Corkonian travelled to Tijuana last month for his debut, in which he dispatched of Omar Santos in just two rounds.
Power is yet to fight in Ireland professionally – he must wait until he turns 18 to secure an Irish boxing license. However, he has secured a second fight for November, again taking place in Mexico as he confirmed on Instagram.
The light-welterweight has eschewed the path that the likes of Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan have followed in going to the Olympics, and as he told the Irish Examiner recently, the professional game was always the plan.
“I have been wanting to go professional since I was young, it’s always been my dream so when the opportunity came I just couldn’t turn it down,” he said in the Q&A.
“A few people mentioned the Olympics to me and that it’s a good experience but the Olympics has never been a goal of mine. It might sound stupid and I know it’s a big achievement but I never wanted to pursue that side of it. All I want to do is pro boxing, that’s it.”