Sean Creagh happy to take super-sized short-notice scrap

Two days notice and around 20 pounds above his optimum weight are no obstacles to Sean Creagh [5(2)-1(1)].

Some would suggest that the Tallaght boxer should change his ‘Creaghzy Horse’ nickname to just plain ‘Creaghzy’ after jumping into a fight on the ‘Celtic Clash 3: Building Champions’ card tomorrow night, but he feels he couldn’t pass up on the opportunity.

Following Keane McMahon’s withdrawal from the card yesterday, Creagh offered his services, leading to a switch-up on the card and ensuring that there will be a full complement of 15 fights on at the National Stadium.

Creagh now faces Valentin Stoychev [8(4)-22(11)-4] in a four rounder, way above where he is used to fighting. This is no issue for the 28 year old, indeed it is a no brainer

The Dubliner explained to that “when I heard Keane was alright I rang up and said I would fight in his place. They were bringing the opponent over anyway.”

“Then they said I was too heavy to fight [Radoslav] Mitev [McMahon’s scheduled opponent] so I am fighting Bernard Roe’s opponent and he is fighting Mitev.”

“He is 164 and I am 160, but whatever he is, he is. I am happy just to fight. It’s a chance for me to get a fight and a win.”

Creagh was not due to fight on this card due to a holiday in Las Vegas at the end of last month, instead being placed on the Kieran Farrell Promotions bill at the Devenish Complex in Belfast on Friday October 6th.

However, Creagh is feeling fresh and ready for a quickfire double-header.

The high-intensity pressure fighter described how “after this, I’ll be 6-1, then Belfast in three weeks and then I’ll be 7-1. I get rounds in and I get to improve the record in the space of a few weeks.”

“I am fit. I was training hard before I went to Vegas and training since I got back. I was even training last night. I am fresh and I want to get back in.”

“I still done a few tickets. The boys love a night out! It is nice to get in and just fight nothing added to it. That’s the way it should be.”

Creagh was disappointed with his comeback showing on the Celtic Clash 2 card in May against Teodor Nikolov, and has been continuing to develop under new trainer Eddie Hyland since.

However, he is not expecting any big statements tomorrow, such are the circumstances.

The Killlinarden man outlined how “my head wasn’t right the last time out, but I have changed things up. I hurt him in last round and maybe could have stopped him, but I don’t think many will stop that fella.”

“I’ll be happy to get the four rounds in tomorrow. The bloke is 164 pounds, I probably have to just settle for the rounds. Like, 164 pounds! you know what I mean.”

Headlined by Eric Donovan v Welsh champ Dai Davies for the BUI Celtic featherweight title fight, the ‘Celtic Clash 3: Building Champions’ card also features Regan Buckley v Carl McDonald, Gerard Whitehouse, James Cahill,Sean Creagh. Dylan McDonagh, John Joyce Stephen McAfee, Colin O’Donovan, Chris Mullally, Michael Gallagher, Niall O’Connor, Martin Quinn, Aiden Metcalfe, and Bernard Roe.

Tickets for the show cost €30 (Balcony), €40 (Gallery), €60 (Ringside), €100 (VIP Premium), and €15 (Under-15s gallery – must be bought alongside an adult ticket) and are available to buy or online at

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