Dylan Moran’s short-notice fight swap scuppered


Dylan Moran [2(1)-0] thought last night that he was the lucky one – but it has been snatched away today.

The Waterford welterweight was one of a number of fighters affected by the cancellation of Kieran Farrell’s Friday Fight Night bill at the Devenish Complex in Belfast – but he was quickly transferred to Saturday’s show in Dublin run by Red Corner Promotions.

Moran’s fight with Hungarian Pal Olah was to be transferred from the British Boxing Board of Control-sanctioned bill in Belfast to the Boxing Union of Ireland-sanctioned show in Dublin.

If anything, a Saturday night fight closer to home was logistically better for Moran’s fans, but the Déise boxer learnt today that he will not be allowed fight in Dublin.

Based in Manchester with trainer-manager Farrell, Moran holds a BBBoC licence, and the British board informed him today that he is required to provide 14 days notice for an ‘overseas’ fight.

Therefore the BBBoC have refused to sign off on Moran fighting in Dublin and he has had to be removed from the bill.

A disappointed Moran said “massive thanks to my supporters, and for any inconvenience caused I do apologise.”

“If we gave up everytime something went wrong we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

There will still be Waterford representation on the ‘Champions Elect’ bill, with middleweight debutant Craig McCarthy featuring.

In addition there will be appearances from Noel Murphy, Craig O’Brien, Chris Blaney, Karl Kelly, Allan Phelan, Victor Rabei, and a fight between Manny Bique and Vladimir Belujsky.

Joe O'Neill

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