All-Irish clash confirmed for CCX

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The first big Boxing Ireland bill in Belfast next year has been boosted by the addition of another big fight.

The Celtic Clash series will have its tenth edition, and third successive Belfast show, at the Devenish Complex on Saturday February 1st.

Fittingly the series known for it’s tendency to lean toward the all Irish clash will serve up another intriguing domestic dust up.

Belfast’s Stephen Webb [1-1(1)-0] will take on Dublin’s Francy Luzoho [1(1)-1] on one of two stacked Belfast February 1 Belfast bills.

Both fighters go into the clash looking to put recent defeat behind them. Both stepped up to domestic level in just their second fights and both suffered defeat.

Webb was stopped by now BUI Celtic champion and Irish title challenger Joe Fitzpatrick in May of this year, while Luzoho was out pointed by Martin Quinn over six in March.

Southpaw Webb was due to return against Quinn on Celtic Clash 9, but the John Breen trained fighter broke his nose in sparring and had to pull out.

Dublin Congolese switch hitter, Luzoho relocated to Spain post a defeat to Quinn, one which he debates.

He has been training with former Irish super middleweight contender Jonathan O’Brien in Lanzarote and has been predicting improvements. Similarly Webb feels more equipped to do damage having sorted out some personal issues.

It’s the second all Irish fight to be confirmed for the date. When Webb and Luzoho are fighting in the Devenish Gary Cully and Joe Fitzpatrick will be fighting for the Irish lightweight title at the Ulster Hall.

The Boxing Ireland bill in seven weeks time is headlined by Eric Donovan v Cristian Montilla and also features a rematch between Julio Cesar and Sean McGlinchey, as well as slots for Dominic Donegan, Owen O’Neill, Senan Kelly, Aaron Gethins, James Lynch, Kelvin McDonald, Conor Cooke, John Joyce, Sam Carroll, Conor Doherty, and Tony McGlynn.

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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