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Boxing Union of Ireland sanction Irish super featherweight title fight

Today the Boxing Union of Ireland have sanctioned a vacant Irish super featherweight title fight between BUI Celtic champion Stephen McAfee and Feargal McCrory.

The governing body announced on social media that they have sanctioned the bout for a show on Saturday November 24th.

Irish-Boxing.com understands that no agreement exists between the teams’ of both fighters and the match-up is far from being confirmed.

November 24th is currently blank on the Irish boxing calendar but it has been heavily hinted that this is the date for the ‘Celtic Clash 7’ bill.

If the proposed match-up comes to pass, it promises to be a phenomenal fight between two of the most exciting fighters in Ireland.

Dubliner McAfee [4(2)-0-1] has stood out from the record-breaking number of new pros that entered the ranks last year.

The Sallynoggin fighter scored two stunning knockouts to start out before fighting to a stand-still draw over six rounds with Colin O’Donovan. The pair rematched for the BUI Celtic title in March, with McAfee edging another Fight of the Year contender and ‘Showtime’ kept busy last month with a win over Damian Lawniczak.

Coalisland southpaw McCrory [8(3)-0] had a stop-start start to pro life before kicking on in 2017 with fantastic stoppage wins over Jay Carney and Paul Holt. This year, in February, he defeated Rafael Castillo in a barnburner before being forced out of an April fight through injury.

The Tyrone fan-favourite is currently down to feature on the October 13th MHD Promotions show at the Europa Hotel.

‘Fearless Feargal’ is keen on the fight and described the opportunity as “one that I am going to grab with both hands.”

The Irish 130lbs belt was last held by upcoming world title challenger James Tennyson who stopped Declan Geraghty for the strap in March 2017.

This was Tennyson’s second time winning the title which has also been held by Anto Cacace, Mickey Coveney, Eddie Hyland, and Pat Doherty.

Photo Credi: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)


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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