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Eddie Hearn “tried” to bring December 11th Katie Taylor & Conor Benn card to BELFAST

Matchroom were close to promoting a show in Belfast for the first time in over four years, Eddie Hearn has revealed.

Hearn ran shows with Paul McCloskey, Carl Frampton and Ryan Burnett in the city over the years, but Matchroom have been missing from the capital of Irish boxing since 2017.

The now DAZN aligned promoter has batted his eyelids at Irish fight fans since and on more than one occasion suggested he was considering promoting in Antrim again.

A 2021 fight night with James Tennyson and Tommy McCarthy was the last one to reportedly be on the cards. Speaking previously Hearn suggested the time might be right for a return and said he will look at doing a show in Belfast pandemic permitting in 2021.

Defeat for both former European Champions seemed to scupper those plans although Hearn has since said he still ‘tried’ to promote in the city before the year was out.

Hearn confirmed he attempted to go to Belfast with the Katie Taylor and Conor Benn topped card he is promoting in Liverpool on December 11, a bill that new Belfast signing Caoimhin Agyarko will also populate.

“I actually tried to get December 11 in Belfast because we got Katie Taylor, Caoimhin will actually go December 11 too,” Hearn told media after last weekend’s London card topped by potential future Taylor foe Chantelle Cameron.

“Next year [we will go back to Ireland]. Katie will fight on December 11 [in Liverpool] and then we want to do the big room at Garden in April for her against Serrano if I can do a deal with Mr Jake Paul.”

Speaking on his latest Belfast signing, Agyarko, Hearn revealed he had the chance to work with the Holy Trinity schooled middle prospect previously and was upset he didn’t take it.

However, he is happy to have a ready-to-go talent on his hands now.

“Adan Booth approached me about Caoimhin about four years ago and said ‘I’ve got this kid he is unbelievably special’ but I get them phone calls 10 times a day. I just told him we haven’t got space. Then I watched him and I thought ‘fuck’ and he’s got better and better and better. When I got the phone call to say he was available we did the deal in 48 hours.”

“I joked him with saying he has got all his shit fights out of the way. Now we can go and have proper fights, how good is that,” he added before discussing Thomas Carty’s win over Igors Vasiljevs in London last Saturday.

“Thomas Carty was very nervous in the first couple of rounds but he is a good young talent and has Dillian Whyte looking after him.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com