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Conor Wallace secures first title shot Down Under

Following just three fights in the pro ranks, Conor Wallace [3(2)-0] is to box for his first title.

It has been announced this morning that the Newry light heavyweight, now based in Australia, will fight for the Queensland State title in his next contest.

Wallace, fighting out of Fortitude Valley, a suburb of Brisbane, goes for the eight-round regional belt on Saturday February 2nd at the Warwick Recreational Centre.

The Ulsterman’s current listed opponent is southpaw Alex Brunetta [2(1)-6(4)] from Deception Bay.

22-year-old Wallace turned over with Steve Deller and started off with knockout wins over Aron Sesay and Dean Ambramo before stepping up and outpointing the unbeaten Mitchell Whitelaw over five rounds last month.

The Queensland belt is the same title Dennis Hogan started off with, winning both the super middleweight and middleweight versions, and gets a fighter on the conveyor belt towards the Australian title.

Wallace declared his intent to claim the Australian title within 12 months when he debuted in September and will hope to make a major first step towards this in four weeks time.

The national title, previously won by Hogan at middleweight, Darragh Foley at lightweight, and Dean Byrne at light welter, is held by Kingscliff puncher Josh Frederiksen [8(6)-1(0)-2] after he dethroned champion Quintin Carey last month.

Should he come through his fight next month, Wallace is already scheduled to box again on March 30th in Brisbane.


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Joe O'Neill

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