Celtic Clash 8 headline fight a “game changer”


The next instalment of the popular Celtic Clash series will be announced in the coming days and it promises to be a “game changer.”

Following six shows in eighteen months, the Boxing Ireland Promotions outfit will run another night of boxing soon and claim that Celtic Clash 8 will be their best yet.

The card will be in Dublin and date, venue, and headline fight will be revealed soon – and the bill-topper is apparently something special.

Stephen Sharpe of Boxing Ireland told Irish-Boxing.com that “myself and Leonard [Gunning] have a clear plan for 2019 and will kick off our first show in the capital with the venue and date to be announced shortly.

“We managed to make substantial progress during 2018 as we continued to expand our stable and develop strong long-term partnerships with our main sponsors Dublin Taxi 24/7 and Dublin Plumbing and Gas as well as developing good working relationships with fellow managers and promoters.”

“Boxing Ireland Promotions will continue this path into the future and are really excited about our next Celtic Clash instalment.”

Sharpe is especially excited about the headline fight.

The Dublin fight boss described how “we are currently in the process of finalising our main event and should all things proceed as expected we believe it will represent a game changer for the Celtic Clash Series and more importantly the two fighters involved.”

“It’s a big fight and I can guarantee fight fans wont have seen it coming. Big fights deserve a big platform and that’s what we are looking towards.”

The make-up of the card will be unveiled soon but it can be expected that a number of debutants will feature as well as plenty from Boxing Ireland stable – although there is limited space on any card.

Dominic Donegan, Kevin Cronin, Jamie Douglas, Owen McDonagh, and Paddy Clavin are all signed up to the outfit and are due to make there bows soon.

Carl McDonald also may return, with the Jobstown super bantam having become a leading light of the stable over the past year with Irish and BUI Celtic title wins.

Eric Donovan is also in line for a comeback following a year of injury hell and the likes of Martin Quinn, Dylan McDonagh, and Siobhan O’Leary will be itching for run-outs.

Boxing Ireland have co-operated with numerous other managers and promoters in the past, with Keane McMahon and Stephen McAfee especially having impressed on bills while a number of Jay Byrne-managed, Tony Davitt-managed, and Assassin-managed boxers have also featured

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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