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Irish fighters in European Rankings – August Update

August was a very quiet month, but there are still some changes for our fighters in the European Boxing Union rankings.

The rankings, accounting for all bouts up until the end of last month have six Irish boxers listed.

Wicklow’s Katie Taylor [6(4)-0] remains #2 at lightweight. Hopefully however she will leave these rankings soon as she challenges WBA champion Anahi Ester Sanchez in Cardiff next month.

Luke Keeler [13(5)-2(1)] remains at #11 in the middleweight rankings, but will be out of the ring for the next few months as he undergoes shoulder surgery to correct a long-standing niggle.

At super featherweight Anto Cacace [15(7)-0] climbs one spot to #5 at super featherweight.

Also at super featherweight, Irish champion James Tennyson [19(15)-2(2)] also climbs one spot. ‘The Assassin’ is now #11 ahead of his fight next month with Darren Traynor in Belfast.

Super flyweight is not a weight considered at European level, so Belfast’s Jamie Conlan [19(11)-0] is ranked at bantamweight. For the second month in a row he has climbed the ladder, moving up another spot, and ‘The Mexican’ is now ranked at #2.

Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] remains the #1 featherweight as we await news of his managerial and promotional future. The Belfast boxer recently confirmed that he will be

Paddy McDonagh, who won the light heavyweight Irish title back in June, remains unranked at both European and EU level.

The five male fighters also feature in the EBU European Union rankings (there is no EU title for women).

#10 Middleweight – Luke Keeler (-)
#5 Super Featherweight – Anto Cacace (-)
#10 Super Featherweight – James Tennyson (-)
#1 Featherweight – Carl Frampton (-)
#2 Bantamweight – Jamie Conlan (-)

Additionally, five more Irish boxers are also in the EU ladders.

Tommy McCarthy [9(5)-1(0] is down one place to #15 in the cruiserweight rankings.

Peter McDonagh [27(23)-28(2)-1] is up one place to #18 at welterweight. The Cinderella Man takes on #17-ranked Shayne Singleton [23(8)-2(2)-1] in Manchester next Saturday on the Parker-Fury undercard.

Phil Sutcliffe Jr [13(8)-2(1)] remains #28 at light welterweight.

In the super featherweight rankings, Declan Geraghty [15(4)-2(1)] also holds firm, remaining at #19.

Finally, Marco McCullough [17(10)-4(3)] has moved down one spot to #18 at featherweight. Due to feature on the Ginley Promotions card in Belfast last night, McCullough was withdrawn at the last minute.

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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