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Jake Hanney and Stephen Carroll agree to Dublin derby

The Irish light welterweight division looks set to deliver again.

The buzzing domestic weight class gave us the high profile Tyrone McKenna v Sean Creagh BUI Celtic Warrior title fight last month, and served up another all-Irish fight when Stephen ‘Shortty’ Carroll traded leather with Jamesy Gorman just weeks later for the Celtic Nations title.

It now seems to be the current premier division on the island – and looks set to play host to another one of the derby clashes that Irish fight fans crave.

Jake Hanney [5(4)-0] and Shortty Carroll [5(1)-0] have agreed to fight in principle early next year. The Dublin duo are considering trading leather on the Red Corner February 25th show – although there are suggestions it could also play out in Dublin in March.

Both 140lbers are unbeaten with five wins a piece. Hanney has four wins via KO, while ‘Shortty’ has just once taken the short route to victory, but the Ballyfermot man will argue that more rounds bank will pay dividends when the pair square off.

A BUI Celtic Warrior title fight, over eight rounds has been mooted, as current holder Tyrone McKenna looks likely to step up to Irish title level for a fight with Phil Sutcliffe. The prospect of such a fight is something which appeals to East Wall’s Hanney, and he told Irish-Boxing.com that “Shortty and myself have agreed to fight in principle.”

“I am hoping it will be on the Feb 25th show, the Red Corner one. If not maybe on the [still to be confirmed] FS Promotions show in March.”

“Shortty is a lovely lad, but I’m very confident I would beat him. All I had to do was look at one round of him in action. I know he is made for me.”

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Joe O'Neill

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