Massive all-Irish fight confirmed for Belfast Boxnation show

The February 18th Belfast Boxnation show has seen a second huge all-Irish fight announced.

BUI Celtic light welterweight champion Tyrone McKenna [12(4)-0-1] will defend his belt against Dubliner Jake Hanney [5(4)-0] next month at the Waterfront Hall.

Belfast’s McKenna won the belt on the last Boxnation card in the city back in November, stopping Sean Creagh in five rounds. Only a couple of days ago it looked unlikely that ‘The Mighty Celt’ would fight on the show, with MTK being unable to find a willing opponent – but East Wall’s Hanney has stepped up to the mark.

‘The Wizard’ was originally in camp for a fight on February 25th at the National Stadium against Moroccan prospect Abdessamad Nechchad but has jumped at the chance of the eight round title fight. The 27 year old made waves in Australia where he was once named Prospect of the Year, and returned to Ireland with an impressive win over Innocent Anyanwu last June – although he has not fought since, with McKenna fighting thrice in that time.

The bill next month will be headlined by Commonwealth super flyweight champion and will also feature double Olympic brinze medalist Paddy Barnes, an Irish super featherweight title clash between Deco Geraghty and James Tennyson, the debut of Lewis Crocker, Dubliner Phil Sutcliffe Jr (a potential Irish title opponent for the winner of McKenna-Hanney), local fan favourite Marco McCullough, and Steven Ward.

Joe O'Neill

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