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Operation Belfast – Boxing Ireland continue northern expansion with new signing

The northern expansion of Boxing Ireland Promotions continues today with the confirmation that Belfast middleweight Conor Doherty has turned professional and joined their stable.

The outfit behind the Celtic Clash series are looking to move into the Belfast market and brought on board Dennis Morrison as Head of Northern Operations at the end of last year.

Yesterday it was confirmed that former MMA fighter Conor Cooke had put pen to paper on a deal, and now Doherty has joined the Antrim cruiserweight as Boxing Ireland build toward running shows in the Titanic City.

23-year-old Doherty has been a fixture at Irish and Ulster Elite level in recent years and was a bronze medalist at the Commonwealth Youth Games back in 2011 on the Isle of Man.

Doherty said that “I’m looking for a new start, to turn professional, and to get away from my amateur career.”

“I want to make a name for myself and show what I’m capable of. I was in the amateur business for a long time, I started when I was six years old – I know what the business is like, I’ve had a few ups and downs but I always dug deep and kept at it.”

“I’m just looking to move on to bigger and better things.”

A debut date for the former Holy Trinity and Emerald amateur will be confirmed shortly.

Doherty is the third confirmed signing of the week for Boxing Ireland alongside Cooke and Cork lightweight Dean O’Connell.


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