New promoter looking to enter Irish scene – planning unique first show


Brisbane promotional outfit DDP Sports hope to soon make their entry onto the Irish scene.

The team behind Kildare light middleweight Dennis Hogan – which is headed by Dubliner Paul Keegan – is exploring the possibility of running a show in Ireland this year.

Keegan, Hogan, and Australian business partner Danny Dimas are all in Ireland at present following ‘The Hurricane’s’ WBO title eliminator win over Jimmy Kelly and ahead of a trip to New York for champion Sadam Ali’s defence versus late replacement Jaime Munguia next week.

While here, the DDP trio have started preliminary groundwork on a big show with a difference.

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Dimas, Hogan, Keegan, and coach Glenn Rushton

The outfit, which has run two cards so far at the Brisbane Convention Centre, are aiming to ‘bring home’ Irish emigrant fighters from all over the globe for an ‘Emerald Exiles’-style show

Hogan himself will most likely not feature, this time, with the Kilcullen man aiming for a world title shot in his next bout as well as having a long-held dream/visualisation for his first fight to be a title defence at the 3Arena.

Hogan is the only fighter firmly under the DDP banner at present and a show in Dublin would therefore feature Irish boxers from numerous stables and based around the world.

Sydney-based World-rated light welterweight Darragh Foley [15(8)-2(0)] has already expressed his interest in the idea while there are numerous Irish fighters based in Australia, America, Britain, and more who DDP will look to bring home for a Gathering-style party. Other possibilities include fighters of Irish heritage looking to fight in their ancestral home.

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Super Foley is just one of the many Irish boxers fighting abroad that could be enticed home for the show

Lacking experience on the Irish scene, DDP hope to partner-up and co-operate with the promoters and managers currently on the Irish scene. These include Boxing Ireland Promotions, JB Promotions, Tony Davitt Promotions, and Assassin Promotions.

The National Stadium would be the likeliest venue for a DDP Dublin show but everything is still in an extremely embryotic state.

Irish-Boxing.com will report further details on the show as they emerge

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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