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First fighters confirmed for McMahon-Lecca World title undercard

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The first four undercard fighters for the December 3rd FS Promotions ‘History in the Making’ card at the National Stadium have been confirmed.

The Dublin-hosted card will be headlined by Christina McMahon who challenges for Linda Laura Lecca’s WBA super flyweight title, and she will receive support from Paul Hyland Jr, Tyrone McCullagh, Bernard Roe, and Jay Byrne.

Belfast fan-favourite Hyland [13(4)-0] will fight for the fifth and final time in 2016 on the show. The war-loving lightweight recently headlined the MHD Promotions ‘Another Level’ card in the Europa Hotel, outpointing Nicaraguan Nelson Altamirano in a typically exciting affair. His addition means that there will be another road-trip for Hylo’s passionate support and, if they can match the noise they made on the June 25th FS Promotions show, we are in for a loud night.

Another man with a passionate fanbase, McCullagh [5(4)-0] also featured on both the June 25th FS show and the October 8th MHD show, and the Derry star will look to set himself up for a title-filled 2017 with a win in Dublin.

Dubliner Roe [4(0)-0] is also targeting belts in 2017, specifically the Irish light middleweight title currently held by Pauly Upton. His appearance will be his third in Dublin this year following his win on the FS show during the Summer and his upcoming date on the Red Corner card on November 5th. All going well, the inner-city Celtic Warrior will be the only Irish boxer this year to feature on all three Dublin cards.

For Byrne [2(1)-0] it will be his third fight, and a return to the venue he debuted in at the end of June. The Loughlinstown man will fight in his final four-rounder as he continues his move down towards welterweight. No opponents have been confirmed for any of the fighters, although Tommy Carter [1(0)-3(1)] has thrown his name down as a potential opponent for Byrne.

The addition of Hyland to this show, and the inclusion of Byrne on the recent MHD show, is an encouraging level of co-operation between promoters Frank Stacey and Mark Dunlop, and is certainly benefiting Irish boxing.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie