Owen Duffy targets Owen O’Neill title fight

Owen Duffy [6(3)-2(1)] wants to expand his empire.

Having been crowned King of Cavan at the Europa Hotel last Saturday night, the Fric McMahon trained fighter instantly set his sights on another domestic scalp.

Duffy wants an all Ulster clash with MHD stable mate Owen O’Neill [9-0], a fight he thinks can be made for the BUI Celtic title.

It’s a fight that has been mentioned since both registered victory on TG4 on Saturday night, although with a weight caveat thrown in. With O’Neill looking to drop down to light welterweight and Duffy’s most recent win playing out at light middleweight, there were suggestions their paths may not collide.

However, the Shercock fighter has suggested it be made at welterweight and for the BUI Celtic title.

“Look I would like my shot at the BUI welterweight Celtic Title with Owen O Neill,” Duffy says in a matter-of-fact fashion when speaking to Irish-boxing.com.

It’s a fight that should be easy to make considering both are managed by Mark Dunlop. It’s a domestic dance that would intrigue boxing fans and with both appearing on terrestrial TV last weekend, it’s also a bout that should capture wider attention.

“I have mentioned my interest to my manager Mark Dunlop. I am open to this fight. I will leave it in his hands.”

Before he looks toward what is next, Duffy is happy to enjoy his big win. He claims the support he has received has beyond anything he expected and he is delighted to share his win with so many supporters.

“I’m extremely grateful and blessed to have such wonderful support from people at home. I have been completely humbled by the amount of messages and emails that I received before and after the fight.

“To be honest I just viewed the fight as another day in the office and it has been mad to hear from numerous people that they invested their time to watch it on TV or travel to Belfast. I am forever grateful.”

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 sport for a living for 19 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