Battle of Belfast – Murphy and Farrell Fight for Celtic title on Conlan Undercard

An all Belfast title fight has added further intrigue to the Return of the Mick undercard.

Within seconds of Colm Murphy [4(1)-0] having his hand raised after victory over Engel Gomez at the Europa Hotel on Saturday night it was officially confirmed he would fight MHD stablemate Ruadhan Farrell [3-0] on the undercard.

The Belfast duo will meet for the BUI featgerweight Celtic title at the SSE Arena on August 6th. After Farrell got six rounds under his belt in Estonia earlier this month rumour this fight was a go spread rapidly, although it was never suggested it would take place on the undercard of Michael Conlan versus Miguel Marriaga.

It’s an added bonus for both, not only do they have the chance to win a domestic strap this earlier in their career but they get to do so on the big stage and on an ESPN+ broadcast Top Rank card.

It’s the kind of progression many had predicted the Dee Walsh-trained Murphy would make considering his amateur background, style, popularity, and likability, although it has come earlier than expected.

For Farrell it’s a world he didn’t look like ever stepping into considering the number of false starts he had before turning over.

However, after four failed debut attempts he managed to put together a run of three wins in four months and now gets a title chance on a big card.

The fight plays out on a card that also includes Padraig McCrory, Lewis Crocker, Paddy DonovanKurt WalkerKieran Molloy, and another all-Irish fight between James McGivern and Tony McGlynn.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com