DDP Promotions hold TV talks for Emerald Exiles show – call for overseas fighters to come home


It started as idea over coffee as recently as the start of this month but the ‘Emerald Exiles’ vision is starting to build serious momentum.

In fact, it looks as if the potential show which looks to bring home Irish fighters who for the most part ply their trade abroad home on one big card in Dublin has caught the eye of Irish TV networks.

eir Sport, who have shown an renewed interest in Irish boxing showing of late broadcasting cards featuring Spike O’Sullivan, Jason Quigley and the DDP Sports-promoted Dennis Hogan, have expressed an serious interest in getting involved.

Although TG4 haven’t released the viewer figures from their Ireland’s Last Man Standing March 3rd broadcast, rumour suggests they were more than impressive and it’s possible eir may have got wind of them.

They have certainly increased their boxing output and they could take things to the next level by broadcasting an ‘Emerald Exiles’ card live.

“We had a very positive meeting with Barry FitzGerald from eir Sport who really want to get behind Irish boxing,” DDP boss Paul Keegan told Irish-Boxing.com.

“It makes it easier when the guy making the call is a massive boxing fan, we could have spoke for hours . We feel we now have a platform to bring Irish boxing into people’s living room.”

While DDP have visited the National Stadium and held positive TV talks, there has been nothing bar some speculation with regard to a line up.

Keegan revealed some fighters abroad have made contact and expressed an interest but has called for more punchers to make their willingness know as well as offering the hand of friendship to domestic promoters.

“I have had a few messages from some boxers expressing their interest but nothing major from teams as of yet,” he added.

“I would love fighters who are keen to get in contact so we know who is and who is not
I had a great conversation with Len [Gunning] from Boxing Ireland Promotions and we believe we can make something happen.”

“They have a lot more experience than us in Ireland but we feel we can bring that big event feel to a show in Ireland and make it a night to remember.”

“A night to remember” seems to be DDP’s promotional motto. The promotional company may be new to the game but have run two very successful shows Down Under already.

Both were topped with duels between top 10 ranked opponents in front of thousands at the Brisbane Convention Centre. However, the entertainment remit extends to beyond the ring and that is something they would love to bring to Dublin.

“For us, it’s about creating experiences, boxing is not on every week it, has to be a big deal and we feel we can do that. And now with eir expressing interest in showing our show live it is a great chance for people to jump on board and make the Exiles show a reality.”

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