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Boxing on the box – Television details for Irish boxers in action tonight

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Four Irish fighters take to the ring across various rings around the country tonight.

Caoimhin Agyarko and Steven Ward fight in England while Michael Conlan and Noely Murphy fight in America – Victor Rabei was also set to trade leather stateside, but has to pull out of his Star Boxing debut due to an ankle injury.

For those not in attendance at Madison Square Garden, Brentwood or the York Hall there remains a way to take in two of the four Irish interest fights tonight.

Michael Conlan returns to Madison Square Garden and fights Vladimir Nikitin on the massive Top Rank promoted card.

The Russian holds two wins over the former amateur stand out, one of which is one of the most controversial victories in Olympic boxing history.

Conlan out-boxed and out-fought the Russian in what looked like a one sided fight.

However, he was denied the decision by what has since been called ‘corrupt’ judging and his Olympic gold medal dream turned into a nightmare.

The now Top Rank promoted featherweight world title hopeful will never be able to get back his Olympic gold dream, but he can get one back over on Nikitin in New York on Saturday.

Irish fight fans can watch the bout on Eir Sports 1. Eir have secured the Irish TV rights to the show and will relay the ESPN broadcast.

American based fans can watch it the card that includes a potential Fight of the Year cert between Richard Commey and unbeaten mandatory challenger Teofimo Lopez, not to mention a clash between pound for pound star Terrence Crawford versus Egidijus Kavaliauskas.

The TV broadcast begins 2am Irish time with Conlan expected in the ring soon after. BT Sport don’t appear to have taken up the card and it won’t be aired in Britain.

CORRECTION: Tonight’s fight WILL be shown live on eir Sport in Northern Ireland.

Noel Murphy also appears at Madison Square Garden, but despite being in action against a Top Rank prospect for a title, the Cork fighter isn’t expected to get TV.

Murphy faces Josue Vargas as part of the ESPN+ portion of the bill and will take to the ring around 1am.

Steven Ward’s fight will be broadcast in America, Britain and Ireland.

‘The Quiteman’ takes on Ricards Bolotniks in the quarter-finals of the Golden Contract tournament.

Sky coverage of all four quarters begins at 7:30 Irish time. The bouts will also be aired on ESPN+.

The running order is as follows:

Sky Sports & ESPN+ broadcasts begin 7.30pm

Bout 7
Golden Contract light-heavyweight QF, 10 rounds
TOMMY PHILBIN (SCO, 173.5lb) vs. SERGE MICHEL (GER, 174.5lb)

Bout 8
Golden Contract light-heavyweight QF, 10 rounds
BOB AJISAFE (ENG, 174.6lb) vs. HOSEA BURTON (ENG, 174.7lb)

Bout 9
Golden Contract light-heavyweight QF, 10 rounds
ANDRE STERLING (ENG, 174.6lb) vs. LIAM CONROY (ENG, 174.8lb)

Bout 10
Golden Contract light-heavyweight QF, 10 rounds

Live Floats
Super-welterweight, 4 Rounds

Finally, and unfortunately, Agyarko’s bout versus Danail Stoyanov at the York Hall is part of an untelevised bill.


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 sports for a living for over 20 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