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Dylan Moran tells Eddie Hearn to get ‘Real Deals’ for Croker

A battle of the ‘Real Deals’ is exactly the kind of ‘real’ fight Eddie Hearn needs for Croke Park, suggests Dylan Moran [16(6)-1(1)] .

The Waterford welter is adamant if Hearn brings Katie Taylor home the Irish Icon will sell out GAA Headquarters on her own, which in turn gives Matchroom free reign to make a special undercard – and he thinks he has just the fight.

Moran thinks the promotional outfit should tap into the hype surrounding a fight between him and his fellow ‘Real Deal’ Paddy Donovan [10(6)-0] and put the mouthwatering Munster clash on the bill.

The high-profile welterweight duo have been verbally sparring over the last few months and interest has peaked to the point Moran’s postman wants it to be made and delivered.

“If Katie Taylor fights in Croke Park she sells it out on her own, Eddie don’t need ticket sellers, he needs real fights and me against Paddy Donovan is just that,” Moran told Irish-boxing.com becoming the first fighter to officially raise his hand for Croker selection.

“It’s a fight the people want to see. It’s got to the stage where the Postman shouted at me from the van about it the other day.”

Like every Irish fighter, Moran, who is one of the best-supported fighters on the island, is keen to fight on what would be a historic fight night if it comes to fruition and would fight any of Matchroom’s welters if needs be.

However, he has a score to settle with the Top Rank starlet and believes that is the fight the fans want to see.

“It will be a special night and I’d be delighted to play a part in it. It’s gonna go down in history.

“I’m planning on a big 12 months so I’d fight anyone at Matchroom if it has to be that but ideally I want Paddy and everyone wants to see me in and Paddy go at it.”

The Real Deal fallout has caught some by surprise, especially considering both usually avoid smack talk at all costs.

However, a genuine dislike ignited some verbal jousting and now the duo are on a collision course, destined to meet be it at Croke Park or elsewhere suggests Moran.

“Look I respect the guy I see him and his dad training just like me and mine, but the dislike is real. I don’t like him and he don’t like me. The fight has to happen, there’s a lot of split opinions on it, so leave us in the ring and see who’s who and what’s what. There’s been enough back and forth if Croke Park is happening let’s make the fight and be done with it.”


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