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Belfast headliner secures new title fight

There was bad news last night when it emerged that Kieran Farrell’s show in Belfast this weekend has been cancelled.

Friday’s card at the Devenish Complex was pulled due to an inability to get opponents confirmed and leaving the card with just three fights.

It was especially disappointing for headliner Pádraig McCrory [1(0)-0] who suffered a third successive fight cancellation. ‘The Hammer’ McCrory was set to face Cork-based South African Jade Karam [9(4)-4(2)-2] for the Celtic Nations super middleweight title.

McCrory’s manager Farrell is currently on the look-out for a new fight date for the Belfast boxer, but opponent Karam has confirmed today that he has secured a big fight in England for a rankings belt from a major governing body.

‘The Beirut Bomber’ will box on the Steve Wood Promotions and Kwesé Sports ‘Africa vs UK’ card on Friday November 10th at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

The 27 year old had noted yesterday in an interview with Irish-Boxing.com that he had big news coming.

Karam will box at his optimum weight of middleweight against Craig Cunningham [19(4)-1(0)] for the WBC Silver International title.

Birmingham southpaw Cunningham is a former BBBoC Midlands Area champion and last year claimed a shock stoppage win against Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo. Here he won the WBC International title, which he is still listed as holding, and is currently ranked #16 with the body

Manchester-Dub Ryan Doyle [14(8)-2(2)-1] will also fight for the super featherweight version of the same belt on the card. ‘Ruthless Ryan’ will box Namibian Abraham Ndauendapo [16(5)-4(1)-1]

The fight will be Doyle’s first since losing to Belfast’s James Tennyson on the Lee Haskins v Ryan Burnett undercard at the SSE Odyssey Arena in June.

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