Another new fight date for busy Jay Byrne

Since the beginning of 2017, Jay Byrne [4(1)-1(0)] has been pretty much the busiest man in Irish boxing.

The self-managed Loughlinstown welter claimed two wins in February against strong European opposition before a game showing against Matchroom middleweight starlet Felix Cash on St Patrick’s Day. Byrne is in action again next Saturday, taking on Olympian Josh Kelly in the Sunderland boxer’s pro debut, and the Dubliner already has another date in the pipeline.

This evening it has been confirmed that ‘The Negotiator’ will feature on the massive ‘Celtic Clash 2: The Rising’ card at the National Stadium on Saturday May 27th.

Byrne’s appearance on the Leonard Gunning and Tony Davitt-promoted bill is dependent on him coming through the bout with Kelly in Glasgow next week unscathed.

The twelfth fighter announced for the bill so far, Byrne joins Eric Donovan, Crank Whitehouse, Sean Creagh, Stephen Carroll, Vladimir Belujsky, Lynn Harvey, and debutants Keane McMahon, Liam Gaynor, John Joyce, and Regan Buckley on the packed bill in the capital.

A handful more boxers are still expected to be announced soon for the card, which promises to be one of the biggest, in terms of number of fighters, in Irish boxing history.

Tickets for ‘Celtic Clash 2: The Rising’ will be priced at €15 (Under 15s), €30, €40, €45, and €55 (Premium), and will be available from the boxers involved in the near future.

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

Joe O'Neill

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