Red Corner Promotions show in line for TV boost

Red Corner Promotions are hopeful that their ‘Unfinished Business’ card, set for the National Stadium on Saturday February 25th, will be a televised one.

The fledgling promotional outfit announced today details of what looks to be an exciting card – with Luke Keeler topping the bill against Lewis Taylor, Steve Collins Jr in against the dangerous Pablo Sosa, and Craig O’Brien, Eric Donovan, Lynn Harvey, Noel Murphy, debutant Thomas Finnegan, Chris Blaney, Jay Byrne, Conor Coyle and Allan Phelan all also appearing.

In addition to being a strong card, the second show from the newcomers is also in line for a television boost.

Promoters Andy Jennings and Jonathan Graham today revealed their attempts at a Dublin boxing revolution may be televised.

“We are in the final stage of negotiations regarding TV. It’s an Irish TV station that is, for all intents and purposes, a terrestrial station. We are also talking to another station regarding broadcasting a highlight package. Hopefully we can pull it off,” Graham explained before Jennings expanded.

“We didn’t think TV would be an option this early. We were thinking maybe our fifth show. It will be great for the boxers, a great chance to showcase their talent. We all know the wonders terrestrial TV did for Bernard Dunne and how important it is.”

Celtic Warrior boss and coach of headline acts Keeler and Collins, Paschal Collins, has previously stated he believes that, with TV coverage, ‘Cool Hand’ and a supporting cast could bring big time boxing back to the capital and echoed the sentiment at the home of Irish amateur boxing this week.

“If Red Corner had TV last time around this show would have been an instant sell out. It was a great show, with good fights and people would have wanted to come and see more of the same in person,” the Celtic Warrior Gym boss explained.

“TV brought Bernard Dunne to the next level and helped him fight in bigger venues. It’s important for the talent we have in this country to be showcased.”

For the show, Red Corner plan to bring in strong, testing opponents and the Clondalkin duo stressed that they are more committed to putting on entertaining fights than padding records.

“10 months ago we were paying punters and we know what it’s like to see lads just being bowled over. We don’t want that. We want good fights and fights that will entertain.”

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