The pro boxing card in Dublin at the end of the month has been today bolstered by a world class addition.
The show at the National Stadium on May 27th will now feature Cork-Cuban heavyweight Mike Perez [21(13)-2(1)-1].
It is a long-awaited return to the ring for Perez who has suffered two false starts since making his return to training.
The Rebel was due to headline the It’s A Bout Boxing Ireland show at the same venue before its unfortunate cancellation. Perez was then set to fight on the Kieran Farrell Promotions show in Belfast three weeks later but would not appear due to ‘a breakdown in communications.’
It will now be third time lucky for Perez who has not fought in his adopted home country since his one-round demolition of Pavels Dolgovs in Limerick back in November 2010.
Since then the 31 year old strolled to a high-profile Prizefighter triumph, moved into title contention after his tragic win over Magomed Abdusalamov. Perez was then held to a draw by contender Carlos Takam, before defeats to Bryant Jennings and Alexander Povetkin. The Caribbean puncher has not boxed since the loss in Russia two years ago.
Since returning to training and overcoming many problems, Perez is said to be in the best shape of his career and ready to move up the ranks fast.
An opponent for the Leesider will be confirmed shortly.
The May 27th card, the largest in Irish boxing history, also features Eric Donovan, Jay Byrne, Stephen Carroll, JJ McDonagh, Sean Creagh, Vladimir Belusjky, Rohan Date, Lynn Harvey, Allan Phelan, Gerard Whitehouse, Carl McDonald, as well as debutants Liam Gaynor, John Joyce, Regan Buckley, Johnny Corcoran, Stephen McAfee, and Keane McMahon.
Tickets for Celtic Clash 2 are priced at €15 (Under 15s), €30, €40, €45, and €55 (Premium), and are available from the boxers involved.
After a big fight or training sesh, it is never a bad idea to have a Carb-Killa-Bars.
Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey speak to Jason Quigley on Episode 5 of The Irish Boxing Show: