The name Ciaran ‘Left Hook’ McVarnock may not ring too many bells at the moment even among the serious boxing anoraks, but in the next few years he could be the name not only on the tips of the tongues of the Belfast boxing faithful, but on the international stage, such is the potential of this new super-bantamweight prospect from Northern Ireland who has recently signed professional forms with Frank Warren.

McVarnock, 21, is hoping to make his professional debut in the coming months which is expected to be on the undercard of one of Carl Frampton’s planned home coming shows at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

Ciaran started boxing as a kid at the Dockers boxing gym in Belfast, before joining the Kronk Gym in the city, then going on to have the best spell of his amateur career under former Commonwealth cruiserweight champion and now coach of the Sacred Heart Boxing club, Darren Corbett.

After having 50 amateur contests, losing 9, Ciaran has decided to leave the unpaid ranks behind to turn pro. – A Roofer by trade, Ciaran as also left his home behind and now seeks to make a living in the toughest occupation of all. He and his girlfriend have recently moved to Manchester to live near Arnies Gym in the North of the City, where he now trains full time with former light-middleweight pro. Anthony Farnell.

Farnell speaks very highly of his new prodigy and having watched a few training and sparring sessions and also speaking with Ciaran, it is plain to see that this lad certainly has the X-Factor to go far and certainly is a prospect to look out for.

Watch my recent interview with Ciaran on the video above, including some training and pad work footage with his coach Anthony Farnell.

Ciaran McVarnock

Ciaran ‘Left Hook’ McVarnock