Promotional stablemates Eddie Treacy and Dominic Donegan have called on their promoter, Boxing Ireland, to let them at it.
The light middleweight duo have been mandated to fight for the BUI Celtic title, but have been kept apart by the people behind the Celtic Clash series.
Boxing Ireland understandably don’t want to put two prized assets in against each other at such an early stage.
Leonard Gunning, Stephen Sharpe, and Denis Morrison believe it’s an Irish title level fight – and one that could have been built over a longer period of time.
The promotional outfit, who this week have been vocal with regard to sanctioning fees, attempted to manipulate things, so that one of their fighters would fight either Graham McCormack or Owen Duffy for the title, which would in turn may allow them fight for an Irish strap currently held by Craig O’Brien.
Neither fighter would step aside and now, with rumour suggesting Boxing Ireland are warming to the idea of the Cavan Bray meeting, the pair told Irish-boxing.com they want to fight.
“To be honest, I don’t see really see why they want to keep us apart,” the as ever direct Treacy said.
“I know we’re both signed to Boxing Ireland but that doesn’t make a difference, not to me anyway. This is boxing, not ballet. Fighters fight at the end of the day.
“Maybe they wanted to keep us apart for a bigger fight down the line or something, I don’t know. Boxing is a short career and especially now with everything going on. We have no more time to waste.”
‘Da Bomb’ Donegan is more understanding of his manager and promoters thinking, but believes Boxing Ireland have no option but to make the fight.
The solider also argues it’s the kind of fight that would see boxing return with a bang, the ideal Celtic Clash 11 headliner.
“I understand why Boxing Ireland don’t want me and Eddie to fight because this is going to be a massive fight when it happens. We’re both in the same stable so it probably makes it hard for them but we both want it.
“I want to fight for the title so I don’t care who is in my opposite corner, but we are mandated to fight. Thinking as an entertainer that would definitely be a cracker and a fight people won’t forget this one for a long time.”
“After all this with COVID, this is a great headliner to kick back into the Celtic Clashes and a fight that won’t be forgotten.”
Continuing the Covid theme Mark Buckley trained Treacy says: “I don’t think we should need to persuade them to let us fight. If this Covid 19 teaches us anything, it should teach us that time is precious. I don’t want to waste any more time, let’s get it on.”
Donegan, who is trained by Jonathan Lewins, claims both were asked to step aside, but both refused to give up a guaranteed shot of a first career title.
“I was asked to step aside and I believe Eddie was asked to step aside also but that’s not going to happen with either of us.
“We both want the same thing, so it makes sense [we fight]. He probably believes he can win and I am the same so that’s what makes it even more interesting to watch,” he adds.
‘The Honey Badger’s’ eyes certainly won’t be taken off the title prize and he like his potential rival wants to invoke his mandatory rights.
“That is 100% the fight I want next. I have said it from the start these are the fights I want and to be honest, I feel a bit sick of saying it. People must know at this stage what I’m about. I’m game for anyone,” he adds before stressing he believes of all the 154lbs operators he is the most worthy of the domestic title fight.
“I wasn’t asked to step aside exactly. Dom and Graham [McCormack] were at each other on social media and there was talks of them fighting on the Waterford Show and supposedly they wanted it for the Celtic Title. I had no problem in them fighting each other but I let it be known that I wanted the Celtic Title too. So if they thought I was gonna step aside and let them jump the queue and fight for the Title, they were wrong. I would have fought either of them, for a title or not, but I wasn’t going to let them fight for it and me stand back and scratch me balls.
“I fought a good lad in Owen Duffy in my third fight and beat him. If there was a Celtic Title fight, who do you think would be deserving of the shot?”
Irish-boxing.com believe there has been a thawing among those in Boxing Ireland with regard to making the 154lbs title fight.
In fact it’s been suggested that the eagerly anticipated meeting may top Celtic Clash 11, a card that is rumoured to be of the domestic demolition derby kind, set for later this year.