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Prospects call for early-career clash on Frampton-Donaire card

Both of them are no longer participating in Ireland’s Last Man Standing, but both Padraig McCrory and Thomas Finnegan are up for trading leather in the near future.

Belfast’s McCrory [2(1)-0] and Dubliner Finnegan [2(0)-0] had been announced for the eight-man single-elimination middleweight tournament on March 3rd last week, but it emerged soon after that neither would be competing at the National Stadium

The pair of prospects are keen on facing each other however, and feel that an early-career clash would fit in well to the all-Irish Belfast v Dublin theme of the Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire undercard at the SSE Odyssey Arena on Saturday April 21st.

Responding to fan suggestions online, ‘The Hammer’ McCrory stated that “I’d definitely fancy this.”

Soon afterwards, ‘Victorious’ Finnegan got in contact with Irish-Boxing.com to confirm his willingness to take on the popular puncher.

“I’ll take the fight no problem,” said the Tallaght fighter before doubting McCrory’s willingness for the fight and namechecking another Belfast boxer.

“If he pulls out, which I think he will, I’ll fight [Alfredo] Meli.”

“Either one.”

Three fantastic undercard bouts were confirmed at the press conference in Belfast yesterday with Tyrone McKenna taking on Phil Sutcliffe Jr, Conrad Cummings fighting Luke Keeler, and Jono Carroll going in against Marco McCullough.


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