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Second Irish title fight of the day sanctioned

It has been a busy day at the Boxing Union of Ireland headquarters on Chancery Place in Dublin.

Earlier today a vacant Irish super featherweight title fight between BUI Celtic champion Stephen McAfee and Feargal McCrory was sanctioned and this evening a second national title bout has been green lit.

READ: BUI sanction Irish super featherweight title fight

The Battle of Jobstown – a clash between Tallaght fighters Carl McDonald and Dylan McDonagh has been sanctioned for the vacant Irish super bantamweight title.

Like McAfee v McCrory, the fight has been sanctioned for a to-be-announced show on Saturday November 24th – believed to be ‘Celtic Clash 7’.

In similar fashion to the super featherweight title fight, Irish-Boxing.com understands that an agreement has yet to be reached between McDonald and McDonagh.

That said, the proposed bout looks like one which makes too much sense to not happen.

Pitting together two boxers in a thin weight division, from the same area, from rival amateur clubs, with no regard for protecting and padding their records, and who are relatively older than most pro prospects, it seems to be the perfect fight.

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Golden Cobra graduate McDonald [4(0)-2(0)] is currently the BUI Celtic super bantamweight champion following his stunning win over Colin O’Donovan last month – a bout which took place at the higher weight to accommodate the 29-year-old’s Cork rival.

‘The Cobra’ won the Irish Intermediate title back in 2015, defeating McDonagh en-route to the final, and has called for a pro rematch with the 33-year-old.

READ: Carl McDonald calls for Dylan McDonagh fight

The Westside fighter, who has been operating at bantamweight, has stepped up in recent months, defeating Georgi Georgiev in an entertaining six-rounder before being edged out over eight by double Commonwealth medallist Sean McGoldrick.

‘The Firecracker’ McDonagh took [3(1)-1(0)] this Sky Sports fight on extreme short notice and saw his profile rise massively in the aftermath.

Only one man has ever held the Irish 122lbs belt – Paul Hyland – the younger brother of McDonald’s trainer, Eddie. Hyland outpointed Marc Callaghan in 2008 before defending the title with a third-round knockout of Eugene Heagney the following year.


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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