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Irish light welters give their predictions for Tyrone McKenna v Sean Creagh

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Tomorrow night’s light welterweight clash between Sean Creagh and Tyrone McKenna is one which has captured the imagination of Irish fans and fighters alike.

Th eight-round bout takes place on the Belfast Boxnation show at the Titanic Exhibition Centre. Initially for the Boxing Union of Ireland Celtic Warrior title, the belt will now be on the line for just McKenna as Dublin’s Creagh came in 1.25lbs over the weight today in Belfast.

The pair are two of a packed Irish 140lbs scene, and Irish-Boxing.com asked around the rest of the division for predictions on how they see the fight going.

Anto Upton
BUI rank – #2

I’m staying on the fence with this one.

Phil Sutcliffe Jr
BUI rank – #3

I’ve sparred both of them. Tyrone has a bigger amateur pedigree and Sean has a bigger heart. I’ve sparred Sean countless amounts of times, he is tough, and Tyrone hasn’t got a brain if he thinks that it’s going to be an easy fight. It’s going to be no easy fight, Sean Creagh is a tough, tough lad and he’s going to bring it. I’ve been doing a few sessions with him and he is on his way and hopefully he comes through this fight. Sean, Tyrone, it doesn’t matter who wins, they’re both my pals and if they want to call me out after let them call me out.

Darragh Foley
BUI rank – #4

I’ve never seen McKenna fight so would be foolish of me to comment.

Jake Hanney
BUI rank – #6

The way I see it going is that it will be very close early, and if McKenna can’t handle the pressure from Creagh I think he’s in trouble – but if he can, and hits and moves, I think he might get it on points as I don’t think he has the power to KO anyone! I think Sean will be dangerous throughout the fight and if McKenna gets tired he’ll be in trouble as well. Either way it looks to be a great fight and hopefully it opens the door to Irish lads fighting each other back here.

Stephen Carroll
BUI rank – #8

I feel Sean is tough enough to take it the distance. Tyrone is awkward and very hard to hit. Sean will have to work hard. I don’t know if Tyrone will have the power to stop Sean at light welter but I believe it will be an all-out war and it’s very hard to say with the lads two styles.

Alec Bazza
BUI rank – Not Ranked

All I can say is they’re two great guys, gentlemen of the sport. A very rangey slick boxer against a bull pressure body puncher, what could be any better of a fight? I know they have put their everything into preparation for this, it’s gonna be a classic, two of the opposite styles and an all-Irish fight. Come war time I can see front row seaters getting sprayed with sweat and blood. This is boxing and I can honestly say they both have every chance of winning, all it takes is one slip, one moment of doubt, or simply standing there too long. I wish both fighters a great, safe, clean fight. Best of luck lads, may the best fighter win.

Gerard Whitehouse
BUI rank – #10 at welterweight (but intends to move down)
Sean’s a nice fella, I met him at the last Red Cow show. I don’t really know much about Tyrone, but from what I’ve heard he’s a nice fella. I wish the two lads the best of luck.

– The #1 ranked light welter with the BUI is Framingham’s Danny O’Connor who has moved up to light middleweight.
– The #5 ranked light welter with the BUI is Tallaght’s Ciaran Bates who operates predominately at lightweight.
– McKenna is ranked #5 at welterweight.
– Creagh is ranked #7 at light welterweight.

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