James McGivern handed Golden opportunity

James McGivern [1(0)-0] becomes the second Irish fighter to be confirmed on the up coming Golden Contract finals fight card.

The young prospect joins Fearghus Quinn in fighting for a second time on the TV card.

The 22-year-old southpaw will fight the experienced Jordan Ellison [11(1)-30(6)-2] on the undercard of the featherweight and light heavyweight deciders.

The fight will play out at Production Park Studios in Wakfield on Wednesday 2 December, with the event broadcast live on Sky Sports and on ESPN+.

The McGivern and Ellison fight replaces the middleweight clash between Danny Dignum and Gino Kanters, which has unfortunately been called off due to an injury to Dignum.

Ellison will be known to Irish fans having provided opposition for the likes of Jono Carroll, Joe Fitzpatrick, David Oliver Joyce, Alex Bazza, Marco McCullough and Gary Cully.

Speaking on the announcement ‘The Natural’ said “I’m buzzing to get another outing before Christmas. With COVID-19 going on nobody really knows what’s happening and when we will get a chance to fight, so I’m just glad I get another opportunity to perform.

“In this game fights can happen at the drop of a hat. I remember talking to Jamie Conlan about my next fight the day after the debut and he said it could be around this time, so it was always in my mind and we stayed ready.

“I thought my debut went well and I got to showcase some of my skills but not all of them, so I’m just looking forward to getting in as much as possible to show everyone how good I really I am.”

Promoter Lee Eaton added: “It’s great to have James McGivern back in action on next week’s Golden Contract card. We’re grateful that he’s jumped at the chance to be on this card on just a week’s notice, and it shows that fighters should always stay ready for their opportunities.

“McGivern made a very impressive debut in August and we’re excited to see him return. It was frustrating to lose the middleweight battle between Danny Dignum and Gino Kanters, but hopefully we can get them both back in the ring in 2021.”

Elsewhere on next week’s bill, Jazza Dickens takes on Ryan Walsh in the Golden Contract featherweight final, Ricards Bolotniks faces Serge Michel in the Golden Contract light-heavyweight final, Daniel Egbunike goes up against Harlem Eubank, Adam Azim makes his professional debut against Ed Harrison, Fearghus Quinn meets Scott James, and Hassan Azim makes his debut too.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com