Gearoid Clancy grabs important win in Australia – Irish title next?

Galway’s Geaoid Clancy put himself in line for an Irish title fight this morning in Australia.

It was believed that the Oughterard lightweight needed to add one more win to his record for the Boxing Union of Ireland to authorise him to fight for the Irish title against Paul Hyland Jr, and the 32 year old duly obliged this morning in Sydney.

Clancy took on Thailand’s Akrapong Nakthaem at the Horden Pavilion in a high-pressure clash, but dominated throughout and stopped his South East Asian opponent in the fifth of six scheduled rounds.

A second successive win after two consecutive defeats sees Clancy stretch his record to 7(2)-4(0), while Nakthaem drops to 17(5)-22(11).

All eyes are now on the Boxing Union of Ireland to see if they will authorise the former New South Wales champion to fight for the green belt on February 4th in Belfast against Hyland.

Joe O'Neill

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