Major Irish title fight made for Last Man Standing card

The Ireland’s Last Man Standing card has been boosted by the addition of an exciting Irish title fight.

The bill takes place at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday March 3rd and, while the main attention will be on the eight-man single-elimination middleweight tournament, a fantastic light middleweight title bout has been announced in support.

Pauly Upton has parted company with the Irish title, and now BUI Celtic champions Craig O’Brien [7(0)-0] and Jay Byrne [6(2)-3(1)] will do battle for the vacant belt.

The all-Dublin clash was confirmed tonight.

O’Brien comes into the bout of a reinvigorating 2017 in which he ended an 18-month hiatus and picked up four wins. This included a BUI Celtic light middleweight title triumph over tough Breton Alain Alfred, a bout in which he came back from a first-round knockdown.

Byrne’s 2017 saw him face top Matchroom prospects on the road at higher weights intially before, bolstered by these losing experiences, he returned to Dublin to stop the previously undefeated Crank Whitehouse and claim the BUI Celtic welterweight title.

The clash will be the first time either have been scheduled for ten.

The fight will be the chief support to the final of the Last Man Standing competition. Currently, five fighters are in the mix for the minimum €25,000 top prize – Chris Blaney, Bernard Roe, Alfredo Meli, Sean McGlinchey, and Roy Sheahan – with a further three fighters to be announced. As well as this there are additional undercard slots for Victor Rabei, Dylan Moran, and Vladimir Belujsky


Joe O'Neill

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