Busy 2017 continues as new Irish show is confirmed

An eighth Irish pro show of 2017 has this evening been officially confirmed.

Celtic Clash 2: The Rising,’ has been spoken about in recent weeks, and Irish-Boxing.com can now formally announce the bill, which will be run by Boxing Ireland’s Leonard Gunning and respected veteran Tony Davitt.

The National Stadium in Dublin will play host to the night of action on Saturday May 27th, nine and a half weeks away.

Four fighters are currently confirmed for the bill.

There is the Boxing Ireland duo of Eric Donovan [3(2)-0] and Sean Creagh [4(2)-1(1)], with featherweight maestro Donovan looking to move into title contention while light welter Creagh returns from major bicep surgery.

Then there are Tony Davitt’s stars Stephen Carroll [6(1)-0] and Gerard Whitehouse [5(1)-0]. Carroll enters his fight off the back of two big wins, claiming the Celtic Nations light welterweight title against Jamesy Gorman in Belfast before defending the strap with a stunning short-notice win over Scottish champion Eddie Doyle. Welterweight Whitehouse will fight first on April 1st at the same venue on the inaugural ‘It’s A Bout Boxing Ireland’ card.

The card is seen as a spiritual successor to the initial Celtic Clash in September 2013. This co-promotion between Gunning, Mark Dunlop, and Paul McCullough took place at The Devenish in Belfast, and saw Sligo cruiser Stephen Reynolds stop Declan Trainor in the sixth round of the 2013 Irish Fight of the Year. Two-time world title challenger Christina McMahon also featured on the bill, as did future BBBoC Celtic champions Anto Cacace and Paddy Gallagher.

This time round, Gunning and Davitt have expressed their willingness to work with any and all other promoters on the island so as to keep Irish boxers busy – and a bumper York Hall-style show spanning 15+ fights has been mooted as a possibility.

Tickets for Celtic Clash 2 also come in at a reasonable price, with the cheapest available being €30 (with tickets for under 15s costing €15). Additional tickets cost €40 and €45, with Premium tickets coming in at €55.

More fighter announcements are expecting in the coming days and weeks.

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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