What could be in store for Irish boxers in 2016 (part 2)

irish-boxing.com continues it’s hopeful look into the future.

Part 1 can be viewed HERE

Mathew Fitzsimons – Super Featherweight
Ireland’s youngest pro. Continue fighting reguarly and gaining experience.

Carl Frampton – Super Bantamweight
A win over Scott Quigg on February 27th. Outdoor Belfast fight during the Summer v Scott Quigg (if first fight is close) or Guillermo Rigondeaux.

James Fryers – Super Featherweight
A win against Maxi Hughes on February 6th in British title eliminator. A Celtic title win or British title final eliminator to set up 2017 British title fight.

Hugh Fury – Heavyweight
English title fight v John McDermott (ordered). An International/Inter-Continental title shot to gain a World ranking.

Tyson Fury – Heavyweight
Klitschko rematch. A fight against winner of Glazkov-Martin to reclaim IBF belt, or fight against Deontay Wilder for WBC title.

Young Fury – Heavyweight
Continue fighting reguarly. Appearance on a Tyson Fury undercard to gain exposure.

Paddy Gallagher – Welterweight
Continue improving under John Breen. A BBBoC Celtic title fight.

Frankie Gavin – Welterweight
Battle of Birmingham fight with Sam Eggington. A European title fight.

Declan Geraghty – Super Featherweight
Continue move down to featherweight. Irish title fight.

Dean Gardiner – Super Heavyweight
Achieve dream of qualification to Rio Olympics.

Michael Gomez Jr – Super Featherweight
Continue pro apprenenticeship and set up a big 2017.

Jake Hanney – Light Welterweight
Exposure to Irish fans for the former Australian Prospect of the Year. Irish title fight with Matthew Wilton?

Lynn Harvey – Flyweight
Continue to build her growing profile with regular fights. Such is professional women’s boxing, she could put herself in line for a 2017 World title fight if things go right.

Stephen Haughian – Welterweight
Returns after over 3 years in April. Will want to get into frame for shot at formerly held Irish welterweight title that he feels he was never given a chance to defend.

Ger Healy – Light Middleweight
A return to the ring. Potential third fight – Irish title? – with John Hutchinson.

Mark Heffron
Continue developing after time out. Perhaps will need to go EBU route in light of the packed British super middleweight division – although we would tip him to beat many of the Sky and Boxnation stars.

Joe Hillerby – Light Heavyweight
Continue moving down through the weights. Irish title fight.

Dennis Hogan – Light Middleweight
Rebuild after interim title loss. Big domestic fight in Australia with Rocky Jerkic.

John Hutchinson – Light Middleweight
Return to ring after time spent training in South East Asia. Potential third fight – Irish title? – with Ger Healy.

Pajo Hyland – Featherweight
A big fight, potentially a World title eliminator, with Matchroom star Josh Warrington.

Paul Hyland Jr – Lightweight
A big fight. Either Irish title, BBBoC Celtic title or/and a British title eliminator.

Brendan Irvine – Flyweight
Keep on improving. Olympic qualification at 52kg. Could spring a surprise.

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