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Celtic Clash 11 CONFIRMED

The Celtic Clash series will continue next month – in Spain!

It has been confirmed that Boxing Ireland Promotions will run the eleventh edition of their fight series in the city of Murcia on Sunday December 20th.

Promoter Leonard Gunning will put on a show at the Pabell├│n Pr├şncipe de Asturias basketball arena which will feature a number of fighters from the Boxing Ireland stable who will be confirmed over the coming days.

Boxing Ireland Promotions had, last month, come to an agreement with the Boing Union of Ireland regarding the facilitation of behind-closed-doors fight nights in Dublin but increased COVID-related restrictions scuppered these plans.

While all parties are hopeful for boxing to return to Dublin in early 2021, a brief Christmas excursion to the Costa Cálida will keep a large chunk of the team active and regular trips could become a part of the schedule.

The card, which is being run in association with respected matchmaker Ricky Pow, will play out in front of a limited number of supporters engaging in social distancing protocols and the show will be supplemented by local amateurs.

In what is good news for small hall fans, the show in its entirety will be professionally streamed via fite.tv, with further details to be confirmed soon.

Celtic Clash 10, the ninth instalment in three years, took place in Belfast back in February before boxing locked down and the small hall scene effectively disappeared.

There was cause for celebration last month, however, when Katelynn Phelan scored a sensational stoppage win over Jessica Schadko in Germany and this news marks another positive development.

The Boxing Ireland Promotions stable is currently comprised of Phelan, Joe Fitzpatrick, Owen O’Neill, Aaron Gethins, James Lynch, Martin Quinn, Stephen McAfee, Dominic Donegan, Carl McDonald, Stephen Webb, Robert Burke, Eddie Treacy, Kevin Cronin, Conor Cooke, Kelvin McDonald, Conor Doherty, Dylan Taylor, Jamie Morrissey, Michael Corr, and Dean Walsh.

With just two shows in 2020, this is the quietest year in terms of Irish fight cards since 1992 but the boxers themselves are keeping as busy as possible considering the circumstances.

This en-masse away trip is the latest for Irish boxers after the Slater Sports Consultancy outing in Poland last month and their own fights in Spain this weekend and back in September, while there have also been opportunities on Matchroom, Queensberry, and Hennessy shows for some of our bigger names.

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