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Light middle mix – Keane McMahon new name in exciting division

Keane McMahon [6(3)-1(0)] has said goodbye to welterweight as he moves up the scales to light middle.

The Dubliner was last seen in the ring challenging for the BUI Celtic welterweight title, but has since headed north up the divisions table.

‘The Iceman’ claims making 147lbs weight proved too much for him, so he has decided to step up to light middle, a very exciting division domestically.

McMahon believes he will be a stronger force now he doesn’t have to strain and drain his way down to welter.

“I will never see 147lb again and that’s for sure,” he said on social media.

“Killing myself to make weight, draining my muscles of fluid and trying to perform at an optimum level is impossible!

“The right choice has been made in a move up to 154lbs where I’ll be a strong and imposing light middleweight. The weight is starting to come down rapidly.”

Just like welterweight did 12 months ago the light middleweight division has a host of domestic operators at a similar stage in their careers.

There should be plenty of opportunities for McMahon and others at the weight to challenge for the BUI Celtic and Irish titles.

Eddie Treacy and Dominic Donegan have been mandated to fight for the BUI Celtic title – and if the Boxing Ireland duo get their way will trade leather for the prettier of the domestic belts on Celtic Clash 11.

Limerick’s Graham McCormack is domestic title keen and is in contention for the winner, or even the loser if the winner goes on to fight for the Irish strap.

Cavan’s Owen Duffy is another interesting name at domestic level as is Belfast’s Owen O’Neill, although he plans to move down. McMahon’s presence certainly adds options and spice.

It’s not the only recent change the new father has made. McMahon has joined the St Michaels Gym Inchicore stable and is now working under Steven O’Rourke.

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 sports for a living for over 20 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