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Irish in Europe – February Rankings Update

The February European Boxing Union rankings have today been released.

Concerning all bouts up to and including February 28th, the ladders feature a number of Irish fighters

James Tennyson [21(17)-2(2)] sits at #10 at super featherweight and will challenge champion Martin J Ward in London on May 5th.

Another Belfast fighter in the European 130lbs rankings is Anto Cacace [16(7)-1(0)], who sits at #5. Additionally, three of the fighters above ‘The Apache’ have suffered defeats in their most recent fights ruling them temporarily ineligible to contest for the EBU title.

At middleweight, despite a draw with Adam Jones, Luke Keeler [13(5)-2(1)-1] remains at #10 – although will be hoping to shed this ranking next month when he takes on WBO European champion Conrad Cummings.

Super flyweight is not a weight considered at European level, so Belfast’s Jamie Conlan [19(11)-1(1)] is ranked in the 118lbs bantamweight class. ‘The Mexican’ is placed at #5.

Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] remains top of the featherweight rankings [champion Marc Vidal defends against Kiko Martinez on May 21st]. ‘The Jackal’ though will not act on this placement, with his fight versus Filipino Nonito Donaire looking to be his final bout before a world title challenge

The five fighters also feature in the EBU European Union rankings.

#9 Middleweight – Luke Keeler
#6 Super Featherweight – Anto Cacace
#9 Super Featherweight – James Tennyson
#1 Featherweight – Carl Frampton
#5 Bantamweight – Jamie Conlan

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

Dublin heavyweight Sean Turner [12(8)-2(0)] falls to #17 following his loss to Croatian prospect Filip Hrgovic in Germany.

Tommy McCarthy [11(6)-1(0] remains at #14 in the cruiserweight rankings, with rival Luke Watkins [13(9)-0] sitting at #21.

Three-weight Irish champion Peter McDonagh [28(2)-28(2)-1] also holds firm at #18 at light middleweight.

Phil Sutcliffe Jr [14(9)-2(1)] is down one place to #26 at light welterweight ahead of his clash with Tyrone McKenna next month.

In the super featherweight rankings, Declan Geraghty [16(4)-2(1)] falls again to #20 ahead of his big fight at the end of the month with Johnny Quigley.

Finally, Marco McCullough [18(11)-4(3)] climbs to #17 at featherweight. However, he will step up in weight next month to face Jono Carroll in Belfast.


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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