‘A New Era’ – Opponent Update

There have been some swaps, pull-outs, and additions to the inaugural Kieran Farrell Promotions card in Belfast next month.

A New Era‘ will take place on Saturday April 22nd at the Devenish Complex on the Finaghy Road as the young Manchester promoter makes his move into the Irish scene.

Still topping the bill will be the eight-round super featherweight clash between Coalisland’s Feargal McCrory [4(1)-0] and Liverpool slugger Jay Carney [5(3)-1(0)-2].

Belfast light middle Ger Healy [5(0)-4(1)-1] will no longer face Irish Tommy Carter on the bill, with the Tideswell-Drogheda fighter electing to take a short break from the sport following a stoppage defeat to Kyle Haywood. Healy however remains in a big fight, and will have the chance to exert revenge over Willie Warburton [23(4)-108(2)-0] in a four-round contest. ‘Boom Boom’ lost to the talented English journeyman at the Ulster Hall back in 2012, dropping a 39:37 points verdict.

While revenge will be on the agenda for Healy, Belfast super feather Daniel McShane [9(3)-1(1)] will not have the chance to make up for his sole career defeat. Insane McShane had been due to face Zoltan Horvath in a repeat of his last fight two years ago where he retired with a dislocated shoulder. The Hungarian had seemingly been roused from retirement for the bout, but has now withdrawn. A replacement for McShane will be announced in the near future.

Sean Magee has also seen his initial opponent withdrawn. The nephew of the boxing Magee brothers had been due to face Jamie Quinn [2(0)-34(1)-2] in his four-round debut. However, since beginning training with John Breen, Magee has shrunk in weight considerably, and will now begin at featherweight, meaning that a more suitable opponent will have to be sourced. Quinn will now face another Belfast featherweight debutant, Sean Higginson, the weekend before [Friday April 14th] at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre on a fight night with a same-day weigh-in.

With Warburton switching to face Healy, Joe Hillerby [11(3)-3(2)] will now fight the more appropriately sized Curtis Gargano [0-29(4)-1] over four. The Manchester journeyman, and his in-ring antics, injected a bit of life into the recent Belfast BoxNation bill, and expect some similar carry on here.

Super featherweight Mathew Fitzsimons [2(2)-0] will put his power to the test in what will be his first fight in over 18 months. Still only 20 years old, Fitzsimons will face an all-Irish match-up with respected Enniskillen journeyman Ben Mulligan [0-12(1)] over four.

Chief support bout on the night will be the debut of the Glenn McCrory-trained super middleweight Sean McGlinchey. ‘Mummy’s Bhoy’ will begin his pro journey against the durable Jacob Lucas [0-6(1)-2].

An opponent for Commonwealth silver medalist Joe Fitzpatrick [7(4)-0] will be announced shortly.

Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com, Farrell conceded that the men in the opposite corner may not be the strongest, and that this is “not my style.”

“But most of the lads are making their debuts or have been inactive. This is about getting a movearound before bigger fights and getting back into that ring after a long time.”

Contact the fighters or Kieran Farrell for tickets,
£50.00 Ringside
£35.00 Unreserved Seating
£20.00 Unreserved Standing

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