Regular big time boxing to return to Ireland

Matthew Macklin believes that the ‘New Beginning’ show in the National Stadium on Saturday could not have a more accurate title.

Beginning at the weekend, MGM hope to usher in a new era of Irish boxing and the Puerto Banús-based promotional outfit have stated their intention to hold further televised shows in Ireland in the near future – promising that this weekend’s card is “not a one-off.”

Macklin revealed at today’s press conference that he envisions a situation where MGM and Boxnation will soon be showing “four, five, even six shows a year in Ireland.

” Such a bold claim is music to the ears of Irish fight fans, especially those in Dublin, who have been starved of big time boxing since the departure of Brian Peters from the scene.

If that’s not enough to get fans salivating – ITV-backed Carl Frampton has promised to fight once a year in Belfast, and Sky will surely be returning to these shores once Keeler and Carroll develop into headliners – the future certainly is looking bright.

Joe O'Neill

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