Allan Phelan to make Irish debut against tough opposition

There certainly wont be any feeling-out process for Allan Phelan [6(4)-2(1)-1] when he makes his Irish debut later this month.

The Kildare featherweight, following 27 months on the sidelines, will make his return on the Red Corner Promotions ‘Unfinished Business’ card at the National Stadium on Saturday February 25th.

Persistent shoulder injuries and a general lack of cards have left Phelan frustrated, but the Lilywhite continued to tick over in Paschal Collins’s Celtic Warriors Gym following his return from New York.

However, rather than be eased in with a relatively straightforward fight, the Newbridge 25 year old has been matched with notably tough Nicaraguan Edwin Tellez [11(5)-28(4)-5] for the four rounder in just over two weeks time.

The durable Central American has faced some top level European opposition, last year twice going with Belgium’s recent European bantamweight champion Stephane Jamoye. The 22 year old has also lasted the distance with former IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall, and EU flyweight champions Vincent Legrand and Angel Moreno.

Former European, British, and Commonwealth featherweight champ Josh Warrington would stop Tellez in the fifth, while Derry former elite amateur Tyrone McCullagh would make the step up to face the Niaraguan in his most recent fight and subsequently stopped him in the fourth.

Also set to feature on the Luke Keeler v Lewis Taylor-headlined card are Eric Donovan, Chris Blaney, Lynn Harvey, Stevie Collins, Connor Coyle, Jay Byrne, Steve Collins Jr, and debutant Thomas Finnegan.

Tickets for ‘Unfinished Business’ cost €40 (unreserved) and €60 (ringside) and are available from the boxers involved on the bill.

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