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Alfredo Meli prepared for a dust up at the Devenish

Alfredo Meli [12(3)-0-1] is delighted to be back fighting in Belfast.

The Ballymurphy middleweight has not fought in his home city since his draw with Cyclone star Conrad Cummings back in November 2015.

Indeed since then he has fought just once, and had a Commonwealth eliminator with Sam Sheedy called off at the last minute.

However, he linked up with MTK at the tail-end of last year, and the high-tempo southpaw looks set for a busy 2017.

That starts tonight with a prominent bout on the inaugural Ginley Promotions show at the Devenish Complex, and Meli is happy to be fighting close to home.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he told David Mohan of the Belfast Media Group.

“Any boxer would be, especially when they are going to have their home crowd to cheer them on. It will be a good night and I’m looking forward to it as always.”

Meli will be presented with a test tonight on the ‘Dust Up at the Devenish’ card where he will face experienced and game Hungarian Laszlo Fazekas [30(18)-26(3)-1]. Despite a tough foe, Meli, as always, has done no homework and will enter the bout with his trademark old-school approach.

“I treat all of my opponents the same, they are all tough. It’s just going to be a tough fight again,” he explained.

“I haven’t watched him and I know nothing about him. I never deal with that end, I would leave that to the coaches. I’ll just go in well prepared for whatever I have to deal with. I’ll just try and be smart and stick to my boxing.”

Read David Mohan’s interview with Alfredo Meli in full HERE.

Also featuring on the first Ginley Promotions card tomorrow are Tyrone McCullagh, Ciaran McVarnock, Stephen Ormond, Ian Tims, and Anto Upton.

Tickets for Dust Up at The Devenish cost £35 (unreserved) and £65 (ringside) and are available at the door.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie