Dublin v Belfast Bash added to TG4 Eric Donovan card

Martin Quinn [3(1)-2(0)] has been confirmed as the opponent for Owen O’Neill [8-0] on the eagerly awaited bill topped by EBU EU featherweight title fight with Khalil El Hadri.

It means the Europa Hotel hosted September 24 MHD card has two all-Irish TV fights for the TG4 viewers to take in.

It’s the kind of step up ‘The Operator’ O’Neill has craved and a fight his loyal following should buy into greatly. ‘Triple O’ has always entertained and has improved incrementally as he pushed toward 10-0, an all-Irish fight marks the next chapter of his career.

The Dee Walsh trained fighter will be deemed favourite going into the clash considering he is naturally the bigger man and the fact the ever game, Quinn, hasn’t fought in some time.

Quinn has traded leather just once since 2019 and not at all since the summer of 2021, most of his fights have played out down at lightweight, while O’Neill has operated in and around the light middle mark.

What the Crumlin BC graduate does bring to the table is all Irish experience. The Dub was unfortunate not to get the nod over Karl Kelly in a highly entertaining fight and he defeated Francy Luzoho on the last TG4 card.

Dominic Donegan and Owen Duffy meet in the bills other all Irish clash, while Eddie Treacy and Conor Quinn also appear, former European champion Tommy McCarthy provides chief support.

Jonny Stapleton

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