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Big All-Irish fight set for Belfast Boxnation show

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All-Irish fights are hard to come by in modern boxing, never mind a clash between two undefeated punchers. However this is exactly what will take place on the heavily rumoured, but still unconfirmed, Belfast Boxnation show in November.

Sources tell Irish-Boxing.com that a Belfast v Dublin light welterweight showdown between Tyrone McKenna and Sean Creagh will play chief support to the Jamie Conlan-Anthony Nelson ‘Fight of the Year’ rematch in the Titanic City.

26 year old southpaw McKenna [10(3)-0-1] has recently made the move down to 140lbs and ‘The Mighty Celt’ will warm up for the bout on September 24th on an MGM Birmingham show at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre. Last month McKenna had a career-best win over Chris Adaway in Cardiff and the Belfast slickster has stepped up a gear since relocating to MGM Marbella.

Creagh [4(2)-0] looked destructive in his two round demolition of Gyula Tallosi at the National Stadium in June, and the former White Collar fighter is highly ambitous and is not content to hang around and pad his record. Recently Creagh has been linked heavily with fellow Dubliner Shortty Creagh and US-based Donegal welterweight Michael McLaughlin Owen, but now looks set to take on McKenna in what will be a massive step up for both fighters.

McKenna is huge for the weight at 6’1″ and is currently helping Derry Matthews prepare for a showdown with Luke Campbell in October. On the other hand, Tallaght tornado Creagh is something of a wrecking-ball and the bout promises to be a fascinating clash of styles

Neither boxer has previously participated in an eight rounder, indeed Creagh has yet to be scheduled for six, so the Irish title will not be on the line. Instead the bout will play out over eight rounds with a minor title up for grabs. If the fight proves to be a close and crowd-pleasing success there is scope for a rematch for the belt last held by Frankie Gavin.

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