Big TV defence for BUI Celtic Champ Graham McCormack

Graham McCormack [8(1)-1(0)]  will defend his BUI middleweight Celtic title on a big TV card.

The Limerick fighter claimed the strap by defeating rival Dominic Donegan in June and has been linked to a host of fighters since.

This week he revealed he will defend the title against one of those domestic suitors live on TV before the year is out.

Speaking online ‘G Train’ confirmed his next stop is an exciting one.

“My next fight will be announced in the next few days. I will be defending my BUI Celtic title live on tv on the undercard of a
massive show. One I’m delighted to be a part of.”

There are no TV shows confirmed for Ireland as of yet. Mark Dunlop, who promoted Eric Donovan’s TG4 broadcast EU title win, has a show with two interesting Celtic title fights on November 26, but there have been no suggestions it will be aired on television.

Conlan Boxing hope to go in Belfast early December and have proven they are fond of an undercard packed with domestic fights. Not to mention any card topped by Michael Conlan is television worthy and likely, suggesting that may be more likely.

It may be that a Welsh or Scottish fighter have taken a fancy to the pretty strap and McCormack has been tempted to defend on a BT, Sky or DAZN bill?

In terms of Irish opponents, an Irish title fight with Craig McCarthy was the fight most commonly mentioned and one that looked ideal for a show initially set for Waterford and November.

However, that card has been postponed until the Spring of next year. It’s believed the BUI want ‘Built2Last’ to put some positive distance between himself and his defeat to Bradley Rea before he returns to Irish title action.

Owen Duffy was another name dropped beside the Garryowen mans but the Cavan fighter fights Owen O’Neill in Belfast in November, ruling him out. Eddie Treacy was another vocal about his desire to trade leather but a Wicklow – Limerick meeting doesn’t seem likely for any time this year.

Craig O’Brien is Irish champion at light middleweight but has middleweight experience and may fancy a shot at becoming a two-weight Celtic Champ – but he has a November 19 date in Dublin.

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