If the battle of Jobstown doesn’t happen now it may never happen and fans will miss out ‘on one hell of a scrap’ warns Boxing Ireland’s Stephen Sharpe.
A fight between Tallaght fighters Carl McDonald and Dylan McDonagh was this week sanctioned for the vacant Irish super bantamweight title prompting excited chatter among fans.
Pitting together two boxers in a thin weight division, from the same area, from rival amateur clubs, with no regard for protecting and padding their records, it seems to be the perfect fight.
Indeed, it is one that has been talked about for some time now despite the fact both are still considered early day pros.
With that fan and BUI backing along with the fact both are linked to Boxing Ireland it seem’s a cert for the yet to be confirmed Celtic Clash 7, but Sharpe revealed a deal has yet to be done.
“You would think it’s an easily made fight, two lads evenly matched being offered an Irish title fight. It seems to be a complete no-brainer but you just never know in boxing. I look after things Carls end and I know Leonard (Gunning) is in talks with Dylan’s team,” Sharpe told Irish-boxing.com before revealing McDonald is keen.
“One half of the fight is done in that Carl has made it clear he will fight Dylan so we are halfway there.
“This is the perfect time, Id actually be confident in saying that if it doesn’t happen now it probably wont happen.”
If Boxing Ireland don’t get the other half sorted the it’s the fans that will be the big losers suggests Sharpe.
Indeed the manager and promoter gives such a sales pitch fans will instantly cross their fingers in hope an agreement can be meet.
“Should we get it over the line its guaranteed to be one hell of a scrap. Seriously can you see either of the lads taking a back step, both lads leave it all in the ring and the winner will have to give the performance of their career.
“As seen over the last couple of months, both lads have serious bottle and proved it taking fights in the away corner on Matchroom cards. You just can’t see them not jumping at the chance of fighting an Irish title. Can you imagine the atmosphere, Jobstown’s very own San Andreas Fault, pick your side and prepare for one hell of a fight.”
While Sharpe can’t but see both ‘jumping at the chance’ there is a sense that there is some work to be done before both have signed on the dotted line.
However, the manager, who works closely with McDonald while his co promoter Gunning works with McDonagh, claims both seem to willing and can’t see why they would turn down the chance to become only the second man to win an Irish title at 122lbs. The first? One of Tallaght’s finest Paul Hyland.
“When this fight started to look like a possibility I would have said that maybe the fact both lads were from Jobstown and attached to separate amateur clubs within Tallaght might get in the way of the fight happening. There is a great sense of pride within Tallaght and boxing in general and there is no doubt that it would be a hard pill to swallow being on the losing side.
“But honestly that hasn’t come into it at all from Carls end, Eddie Hyland didn’t think twice when the fight was mentioned and the same seems to be the case with Dylan and his team. I firmly believe that community pride will certainly be a big factor outside the ring but for the two lads it would be all about that green strap,” he added before revealing their is no bad blood between the likable pair.
“No not at all, in Carl and Dylan you have two of the most easy-going lads in Irish boxing. Again I think the edginess might be all about those outside the ropes, they two lads have a lot of respect for each other.”