Opponent problems for Allan Phelan solved by some brotherly glove

Allan Phelan [6(4)-2(1)-1] will have to deal with a late change of opponent for his long-awaited return to the ring this Saturday.

The Kildare super feather will box for the first time in 27 months at the National Stadium in Dublin on the Red Corner Promotions ‘Unfinished Business’ card.

It will be an Irish debut for Phelan, and he was due to face the notably-durable Nicaraguan Edwin Tellez [11(5)-29(4)-5]. A former opponent of Stuart Hall, Josh Warrington, and Derry’s Tyrone McCullagh among others, it looked to be an exceedingly strong return for the Newbridge boxer considering his extended absence from the ring.

Tellez however has been forced to withdraw from thejohnson tellez bout – and has been replaced by his older brother Johnson!

Johnson Tellez [9(6)-31(10)-5] will be familiar to Irish fans having gone the full eight rounds with Declan Geraghty back in October. The Central American has also fought current WBA super flyweight champion Kal Yafai, being stopped in the third round.

While the challenge posed by Johnson would be less than Edwin, it is still a more than acceptable comeback fight for Phelan and one which will still test him.

Also featuring on the Luke Keeler v Lewis Taylor-topped card will be Eric Donovan, Chris Blaney, Lynn Harvey, Stevie Collins, Craig O’Brien, Connor Coyle, Noely Murphy, Jay Byrne, and debutant Thomas Finnegan.

Tickets cost €40 (unreserved) and €60 (ringside) and can be bought from the boxers on the bill.

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