The King – Kerry boxer turns professional


The Irish pro ranks continue to swell with the welcome addition of a fighter to one of the heavier classes.

Irish-Boxing.com can confirm that Kerry big man Kevin Cronin is to turn professional.

The Milltown 22-year-old has signed with Boxing Ireland Promotions following a short-but-successful amateur career.

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Boxing out of the Cashen Vale club in Ballybunion, Cronin fought at heavyweight in the vest, winning a Munster Intermediate title in 2016 and the Senior B title at the Celtic Box Cup in 2017. As well as this, the Kerry puncher was a semi-finalist in both the Irish Novices and Irish Intermediates last year.

Patrick O’Brien, who trained him in the amateurs, will remain in Cronin’s corner and the Kingdom puncher intends to drop down to the light heavyweight division.

Cronin joins the likes of Eric Donovan, Carl McDonald, Graham McCormack, Christian Scuvie, Dylan McDonagh, Colin O’Donovan, Aiden Metcalfe, and Conor Cooke in the Boxing Ireland stable.

The Irish light heavyweight division is looking exciting at present, with champion Paddy McDonagh set to defend versus David Bailey while Stevie Collins and Steven Ward will contest the BUI Celtic title next weekend. Alongside Cronin at the prospect end of the ladder, then, there are the likes of Scuvie, Chris Mullally, and Johnny Corcoran.

Cronin will make his debut on the to-be-announced ‘Celtic Clash 7‘ card which will take place sometime this Autumn.

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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