Change of opponent for Darragh Foley for big Scottish fight


Darragh Foley [15(8)-2(0)] has seen a switch made to his big fight in Scotland later this month.

The Blanchardstown light welterweight will fight on this side of the globe for the first time on Friday August 24th in Glasgow, live on BoxNation, and had been due to face Scottish veteran Willie Limond [40(12)-5(4)].

The bout at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow was to headline the inaugural MTK-BoxNation card but Limond has pulled out of the fight through injury and Foley will now instead face Welsh fighter Chris Jenkins [19(8)-3(0)-1] in two weeks time.

Irish fans will be familiar with Jenkins, a Prizefighter winner and two-time British title challenger, from his narrow loss to Crumlin’s Phil Sutcliffe Jr back in 2016 and has also since been in talks to face Lenadoon southpaw Tyrone McKenna.

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‘Rok’n’Rolla’ rebounded from the Sutcliffe defeat with three wins in 2017 but lost in his most recent outing to Akeem Ennis-Brown, dropping a technical decision after suffering a nasty cut.

Jenkins, who turns 30 next week, will be sharp for the fight having been in camp for a Welsh welterweight title fight versus Kieran Gething scheduled for September 28th in Pontypool.

Considering 39-year-old Limond’s age and inactivity, Jenkins looks to be a tougher proposition for ‘Super’ Foley.

The Dublin 29-year-old has been based his entire career in Sydney but has been training for this fight in Boston alongside stablemate TJ Doheny ahead of the Portlaoise super bantam’s IBF title fight next Thursday in Tokyo versus champion Ryosuke Iwasa.

Southpaw Foley comes into the bout off the back of a career-best win over Steven Wilcox on St Patrick’s Day which has seen him elevate to as high as #6 in the WBA rankings.

The card on August 24th was due to be headlined by Mullingar’s Davey Oliver Joyce who was to face Ronnie Clark but the Dundee super feather was forced to pull out last month.

Clondalkin lightweight Stephen Ormond [25(13)-5(1)] remains on the bill, taking on WBO #14 George Ashie [28(20)-4(0)-1] in a last-chance saloon fight.

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Joe O'Neill

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