Hearn cancels Belfast April 30 show

Matchroom and the Sky camera’s won’t be coming to Belfast on April 30.

During the final leg of the Frampton versus Quigg media tour Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn revealed he was going to bring Ryan Burnett back to the city in April and just days before the massive unification fight confirmed to Irish-boxing.com that he had a show planned for the current capital of Irish-boxing.

However, Irish-boxing.com has learnt the show which was to be topped by Ryan Burnett has been postponed.

There were Twitter suggestions Hearn had changed his mind after the reception he received from Carl Frampton and Belfast fight fans in Manchester, but the truth of the matter is Sky all but pulled the plug after Matchroom secured a WBA super lightweight title shot for Ricky Burns.

Burns looks set to challenge Michele Di Rocco and will try and become a three weight World champion in Glasgow on May 14 and Sky didn’t have room for the two shows on their roster. 

As a result Belfast has been pulled, although we are lead to believe its postponed rather than cancelled and Matchroom, Sky Sports and Hearn still have designs on coming to Beflast with Burnett.

The April 30 fight night was meant to play host to a Tommy McCarthy versus John Lewis Dickonson British title eliminator as well as fights for Luke Keeler and Jono Carroll. There was also hopes of an all Irish middleweight clash between Eamonn O’Kane and Spike O’Sullivan.


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