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Shaun McShane planning Irish return – hoping for a massive Northwest card

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Shaun McShane [4(0)-3(0)-1] weighs in today for his Scottish light welterweight title rematch with champion Eddie Doyle, but tomorrow’s fight in Motherwell will be his last Scottish scrap for a while.

The Donegal man is planning a return to his homeland, and is hopeful for huge Northwest cards in the near future.

36 year old McShane spoke to Irish-Boxing.com and explained that “I’ll probably be based at home for while as my wife is due a baby in the next few weeks.”

“It would be great to get a couple of fights at home now after this.”

Between Derry and Donegal, and their descendants, there is plenty of pugilistic talent with McShane, Tyrone McCullagh, Connor Coyle, John Hutchinson, Liam Hutchinson, Michael McLaughlin Owen, Jamie Cox, John Cooley, and even Golden Boy’s Jason Quigley. ‘Rocket’ McShane feels that this is a big opportunity for the area and outlined how “there are plenty of Donegal and Derry pros now and we’d fill any venue in the Northwest, so it’s up to our promoters to come together and talk about it.”

“I’ve been based here [Scotland] now a few years and the support here from the Irish people and Scotch people is amazing – but to fight at home would be a different level.”

If he is to fight in Ireland next, it would be the Rosses boxer’s first contest outside the small halls of Scotland and he described what kind of fighter that Irish fight fans can expect, noting how “people probably see me as fighter more than a boxer and it pleases the crowd – but I’d class myself as a box-fighter.”

“I’ll fight when I have to, I’m comfortable with that, but I’ve no problem boxing on the back foot either – that’s the way I started.”

“But the pros are more physical so you tend to be fighting more, but I’m not just your come forward, one-way, fighter. I always have a plan B and C.”

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