Central Area title challenger up next for Padraig McCrory

Padraig McCrory [10(4)-0] will compete in an interesting 50-50 clash when he returns after lockdown.

Irish-boxing.com suggest ‘The Hammer’ would fight Mickey Ellison [12(4)-2(0)] this summer earlier this week and MTK Confirmed as much today.

McCrory will share the ring with Ellison on the last of three MTK fight nights confirmed today. The pair will trade leather on September 1 behind closed doors at the LS-LIVE in Wakefield.

The Blackburn native would, possibly alongside Steve Collins jr, represent the best opponent the super middleweight BUI Celtic champion has signed to face.

The 30-year-old may shade things in terms of experience with four more fights and the fact he has learnt how to deal with serious adversity in the form of two defeats.

The first of those reverses came very early in his career and the other came at Central Area title level against Jack Sellars.

It does appear a step up for the Belfast 32-year-old, but it’s the kind of fight he has been looking for – and one that offers him the chance to take positive strides forward.

The ticket selling super middle was initially confirmed as a participant of the proposed July Belfast card – and as a result was linked to domestic names such as Kevin Cronin and Olympian Darren O’Neill.

When news broke that Belfast wasn’t going to be the next venue of the next #MTKFightNight rumour suggested McCrory along with Sean McComb, Gary Cully and Lewis Crocker would be handed step up fights in England.

However, next up for the BUI Celtic champion is Ellison in England.

McCrory provides the only Irish interest on the third of three quickfire MTK shows.

Also populating the card is a fight between Akeem Ennis Brown and Philip Bowes.

Unbeaten Dan Azeez defends his English light-heavyweight title against Andre Sterling ,  Darren Tetley  fights Liam Taylor  in a British title eliminator and Corey McCulloch also appears.

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