Pro boxing to return to the Ulster Hall with mega card


Pro boxing will return to the famous Ulster Hall for the first time since 2012 next year.

It has been confirmed this afternoon that the scheduled MHD Promotions show on Saturday February 9th will take place at the historic Belfast concert venue.

Dunlop, along with Alio Wilton, promoted the last show at the venue back in October 12 where Lee Murtage defeated Willie Thompson in an Irish light middleweight title fight.

The card that night featured a 19-year-old 1-0 prospect called James Tennyson and the formerly baby-faced ‘Assassin’ will headline here in a bill titled ‘A Night To Remember’.

The Poleglass puncher, now 22(18)-3(3), will headline the bill in a defence of his Commonwealaht super feathereight title. It will be his first fight since his gallant IBF World title challenge in Boston last month where he was defeated by the talented Tevin Farmer. ‘The Assassin’ retained his Commonwealth title despite the loss and will put it on the line next year against a soon-to-be-confirmed foe.

Lagmore lightweight Paul Hyland [19(7)-1(1)] will continue building towards a second shot at domestic honours and will hope to move into contention for a vacant British title tilt.

Coalisland super featherweight Feargal McCrory [9(3)-0] will feature in a major fight – most likely a Commonwealth title eliminator to face the winner of the main event, but Dunlop remains open to taking on BUI Celtic champion and Irish title mandatory Stephen McAfee for the green belt. The Tyrone southpaw was meant to take on the Dubliner last weekend but was forced to pull out through injury.

Lenadoon cruiser Tommy McCarthy [12(6)-1(0)] will continue his return from a frustrating period of inactivity. ‘The Mac Attack’ boxed earlier this month, scoring an easy points win over Kent Kaupinnen and will be looking to really kick on and build momentum ahead of big domestic fights.

The above four were initially listed when the show – minus the venue – was first announced and today’s press conference in Belfast also saw the addition of East Belfast super fly Luke Wilton [18(7)-5(1)-1]. ‘Winky’ returned from a year-and-a-half out earlier this month with a very impressive win over Georgi Georgiev over six rounds.

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Joe O'Neill

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