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Out of the blue domestic fights made for Conlan card

Two out-of-nowhere domestic fights have been confirmed for Belfast later this year.

Joe Fitzpatrick [10(7)-1(1)] and Tony McGylnn [3-0] as well as Luke Caffery [3-0] versus Martin Quinn [3(1)-2(0)] have been made for the Conlan Boxing, December 10 SEE Arena bill.

The out-of-the-blue bouts join a very interesting BUI middleweight Celtic title fight between champion Graham McCormack and Fearghus Quinn on the list of all Irish fights on the Michael Conlan versus Karim Guerfi undercard. Both fights are expected to play out over four rounds, so no titles will be on the line, but they are intriguing clashes that are bound to generate excitement and interest nonetheless.

Fitzpatrick versus McGlynn certainly has the potential to ignite. McGylnn cut a confident figure after agreeing to fight James McGivern on the Return of the Mick card, only for that fight to fall through last minute. He will fancy his chances against a fighter who hasn’t been in the ring in nigh on three years and was last seen losing to Gary Cully in Irish title action.

However, ‘The Dragon’ is a mercurial talent with lots of natural ability, who is never short of confidence himself.

Quinn versus Caffery is equally as intriguing, Dublin’s Quinn has always proven himself domestic willing and never fails to entertain. The Crumlin BC graduate has had time away from the sport and had some personal issues he has been open about – but was training for a TG4 broadcast Owen O’Neill fight before that was cancelled last minute, so goes into December 10 with back-to-back camps under his belt.

England-based Rush native Caffery has been the most active of the latest additions to what is increasingly becoming one of the best cards in recent history.

‘The Prodigy’ debuted in February of this year and has fought twice since, he’s gone about his business quietly in the North of England and makes his Irish debut in a relatively big fight against a big character and in a bout that could produce in terms of entertainment on the night.

Tyrone McKenna also fights on the card against Liam Taylor, while Sean McComb appears against a yet-to-be-confirmed opponent.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com