Former Commonwealth gold medallist Sean McGoldrick is determined to steal some of Anthony Joshua’s thunder when he fights in front of home support in Cardiff on Saturday night.

The unbeaten Newport bantamweight (4-0-KO2) is the opening act on the Joshua v Joseph Parker world heavyweight title unification card at the Principality Stadium and is ready to snatch his chance on the big stage.

McGoldrick said: “I’m so excited. All the training is done now and it’s just a question of waiting. This week is feeling like it’s standing still. The days feel like years!

“I’m trying my best to stay calm and make sure I embrace everything about this week. It’s hard to prepare for it because it’s by far the biggest thing I’ve ever been involved in but I just have to enjoy it.

“All I’ve really got to do when I get in there is stay focused and ensure I play my part in what promises to be a great night. If I do things right, people will go home talking about me as well as the main event.

“The stadium won’t be full when I box but I’ve sold a good amount of tickets. My friends and family will all be there and they make plenty of noise wherever they go. They’re loud. I’m so grateful to have them with me.

“This is a great platform for me and potentially a springboard to future title fights. Opportunities can come suddenly in boxing so I’ll make sure I’m ready for them.”

McGoldrick takes on Hampshire’s Ricky Little (3-2-1-KO1), who was last seen in February when stopped by another MTK Global fighter, Charlie Edwards.

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