As a Sinn Féin councillor, politics are nothing new to Red Corner Promotion boss Jonathan Graham, but that hasn’t stopped him becoming somewhat frustrated by boxing ‘politics’ – which look to be blocking Red Corner’s attempts to put an eye-catching Stephen Carroll v Jake Hanney title fight on their upcoming February 25th show.
Graham and Red Corner promotional partner Andy Jennings want the Dublin derby for their second show, which takes place at the National Stadium next Spring.
The bout initially seemed an easy one to make, with both fighters telling Irish-Boxing.com they had agreed in principle and both expressing with confidence that they have the beating of the other.
However, Graham indicates that negotiations have not run smoothly. Carroll’s manager will no doubt argue that the offer is not up to scratch, but Red Corner suggest that ‘Team Carroll’ are afraid to fight the former Australian Prospect of the Year.
Red Corner told Irish-Boxing.com “an offer has been made. It’s a reasonable offer in the context, they’re playing politics with it and it’s up to them whether they won’t the fight or not now. The indications are they are not willing to fight.”