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Hutchinson targets Belfast Irish title tilt

John Hutchinson wants another shot at the Irish title, and believes Belfast is the best place to host a potential second tilt. 

The Donegal puncher challenged for the light middleweight strap back in 2014, but lost on points to three-weight Irish champion Peter McDonnagh in England.

The ‘Buncrana Banger’, who is on a two-fight win streak having signed with MGM, is keen for another crack and told Irish-boxing.com that the proposed Belfast November Frank Warren show would be ideal.

The title is currently held by MGM stable mate Pauly Upton, and while Hutchinson doesn’t want to call out the title holder, he is desperate to fight for the title.

“I don’t want to call out Pauly, he is a top lad and he is the champion at the minute, but I want to fight for the Irish title. I don’t know what his plans are but there was some talk he was going to vacate, and if he did I would love a shot,” Hutchinson told Irish-boxing.com.

If the oldest of the three fighting Upton brothers does vacate Hutchinson feels Belfast and November would prove the best time and place for the clash.

The 30 year old even has opponents in mind. He name dropped his old nemesis Gerard Healy – who he shared two bloody pro fights with – and the man who lost to Upton and Dee Walsh in the last two light middleweight title fights, Terry Maughan, as potential title foes.

“There is a show happening in Belfast on November 5th. It would be nice to get a shot on that show if Pauly vacates. Again I don’t know Pauly’s plans, but I told the team I want the Irish title. Healy is there and Terry would jump at another chance – and both would be a good fight,” he added before revealing he won’t fight on the MGM September 24 show.

“I was scheduled for a six rounder on September 24th, the show ‘Big Sexy’ is on, but I came home to see family and I couldn’t get back out to Spain to train. I could get back out in time to be ready for November and with boxing coming back to Ireland I would love to be an Irish champion in that era.”


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