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Feargal McCrory has Ulster Urge for Irish title fight with Kickboxer McAfee

Feargal McCrory [8(3)-0] believes the fact he has been limited to fighting with just his fists for longer gives him an advantage over possible Irish title opponent Stephen McAfee.

The Boxing Union of Ireland mandated a title clash between the Tyrone and Dublin fighters and, while a contract has yet to be signed, ‘Fearless’ is excited about the prospect of challenging for the green strap.

In fact, winning an Irish title would “mean the world” to the well-supported and fan-friendly super featherweight and, if McAfee is the opponent, McCrory thinks the difference could lie in there pre pro boxing careers.

The 26-year-old southpaw believes the fact he was honing his boxing skills as an national champion amateur – while McAfee [4(2)-0-1] was kickboxing with huge success – could prove the difference in any 10-round fight.

“It would mean the world to me. Every fighter wants to win their national title and I would like to add the professional title to my four Irish amateur titles,” McCrory told Irish-Boxing.com when asked about the possible Irish title fight.

“I don’t know too much about Stephen to be honest, he’s probably the same about me but what I do know is that he’s a tough fighter who will have my full attention.”

“I hear he was a very good kickboxer but I was also a very good amateur boxer. That could be the difference.”


There has been genuine excitement surrounding the clash since the BUI first tweeted about a November 24th clash between the pair but Coalisland’s McCrory reveals no deal has be done. In fact the John Breen-trained action man has yet to receive an offer.

There have been suggestions the fight will play out as part of the Celtic Clash series, meaning Boxing Ireland are looking to promote the title dust up. While the outfit have Belfast ambitions, the immediate future will see them in Dublin.

McCrory seems more than willing, and is open to an offer but he does admit it may make more sense to move the location for what could prove to be a highly entertaining battle further North.

“The BUI said that it has to happen in Dublin for some strange reason. It would surely make more financial sense for the fighters to run the bill up here due to my support,” reasoned McCrory, who boxes in Dublin for the first time on October 6th on the Assassin Promotions ‘Rise Again’ bill.

“Don’t get me wrong, we’ll still come and take over his own back yard. That said, there is supposedly a Celtic Clash on the same date [as the BUI mentioned] so they must be looking the fight to go ahead on that bill, but we’re yet to receive an offer as of yet.”

“This is professional boxing so if they don’t make a realistic offer then we will make one to bring the fight to Belfast. The BUI have placed the ball in their court to make the first move so we will see what they come up with.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)


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