If all goes to plan, Katie Taylor [4(2)-0] will box for a world title in Dublin at the 3Arena this coming November, and Sean Creagh [4(2)-1(1)] has become the first of many to put forward their name for an undercard slot.
The Tallaght light welterweight returns from bicep surgery next month on the Celtic Clash 2 card, and ‘Creaghzy Horse’ hopes to find himself in big fights soon.
The fight-anyone Dub has let his desire for domestic dust-ups be known and expressed a willingness to face the likes of Shortty Carroll, Jake Hanney, Matt Wilton, and Tony Nellins.
However, there is someone from slightly further afield who he would also like to do battle with – Matchroom welterweight Conor Benn [6(4)-0].
Benn, son of former world champion Nigel, has attracted much attention since turning pro. The novice was due to face Jay Byrne in his most recent fight, but his opponent for this December date as changed to Steven Backhouse.
Since this contest on the Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina heavyweight title undercard, the 20 year old has been in an extended camp seeking to improve his admittedly raw skills.
Creagh believes that such a fight would fit nicely on the undercard of Katie Taylor’s eventual return, and guarantees that the match-up would be a “war.”
Speaking to Stephen Sharpe, the 28 year old described how “I definitely want to put my name forward for that [the Katie Taylor homecoming card]. If I could get a ‘home’ slot on that, that would be great, but if Eddie wants to put me in with any of his lads I’ll have that.”
“I think everybody wants to fight this lad, don’t they? Conor Benn. He’s the money fight, isn’t he really? He comes forward, I’m not going to have to go looking for him. I think that would be a great fight, that would be a war.”
Watch Sean Creagh’s interview with Stephen Sharpe in full below:
First thing’s first however, and Creagh must win in his return to the ring next month at the National Stadium.
One of 14 fighters announced for the bill so far, Creagh features alongside Eric Donovan, Crank Whitehouse, Allan Phelan, Carl McDonald, Lynn Harvey, Jay Byrne, Stephen Carroll, Vladimir Belujsky, and debutants Keane McMahon, Liam Gaynor, John Joyce, and Regan Buckley on the packed card in the capital.
A few more boxers are still expected to be announced soon for the show, which looks to be one of the biggest, in terms of number of fighters, in Irish boxing history.
Tickets for ‘Celtic Clash 2: The Rising’ will be priced at €15 (Under 15s), €30, €40, €45, and €55 (Premium), and will be available from the boxers involved by the end of this week.