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Light at the end of the Tunnel – Pro Boxing show planned for Dublin

Professional boxing could be coming back in Ireland for the first time since February and for the first time in Dublin in over a year and a half.

A behind-closed-doors show in Dublin before the end of the year is in works as boxing looks to emerge from the COVID crisis.

Irish-Boxing.com understands that planning is at an advanced stage for a card at a closed location following co-operation between promoters and the Boxing Union of Ireland.

The venue is believed to be locked in while a date in December is currently being explored.

Boxing has not taken place in Ireland since Boxing Ireland Promotions and MTK Global both ran shows in Belfast on February 1st.

Under the Boxing Union of Ireland [Belfast shows take place under the British Boxing Board of Control], the last card was Martin Horgan’s in Cork in July 2019, with the TG4-broadcast Clash of the Titans in March being the last Dublin show.

Numerous boxers from Ireland boxed earlier this month on a show in Poland while there have also been excursions to Spain along with big fights on major shows in England.

The planned show this year would be a stripped-back affair, with smaller numbers of fighters, zero fans, and little extravagance.

However, the return of boxing to Dublin – both in terms of the global situation and the situation in Irish boxing – is an extremely encouraging sign.

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