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What could be in store for Irish boxers in 2016 (Part 3) continues its hopeful look at the next 12 months.

Part 1 can be viewed HERE

Part 2 can be viewed HERE

Paddy Irwin – Light Middleweight
The former white collar fighter is understandably raw. Continue fighting and learning with Murphy’s Boxing.

David Oliver Joyce – Lightweight
Finally, and deservedly, qualify for the Olympics after two previous heartbreaks.

Jamie Kavanagh – Lightweight
Headline an MGM show in Dublin. A European title fight.

Marty Kayes – Light Welterweight
Move out of journeyman mode for his fight against Michael Kelly in April. Could cause another shock.

Luke Keeler – Middleweight
Become title-eligible. Secure a big fight with a fellow up-and-coming middleweight – perhaps a rematch Tom Doran.

Garvey Kelly – Welterweight 
Rebuild following his shock loss in December. Perhaps another fight in Ireland if Eamonn O’Kane is to return.

Jimmy Kelly – Light Middleweight
Rebuild after his admirable World title tilt against Liam Smith. Position himself for a British title shot.

Michael Kelly – Welterweight
Begin a winning streak when he takes on Marty Kayes in April in an all-Irish clash.

Niall Kennedy – Heavyweight
Fight in an eight rounder to gain title eligibility and put himself in contention for an Irish title fight.

Johnny Lawson – Middleweight
Continue fighting reguarly to gain experience following his December debut win.

Andy Lee – Middleweight
Rebuild quickly following Saunders loss. Rematch would be desirable, if unlikely. Considering the rest of the divisions unwillingness to face the Kazakh king, a fight with Gennady Golovkin is possible – or perhaps a long-awaited all-Irish clash with Matthew Macklin.

Matthew Macklin – Middleweight
A World title shot at light middleweight if he decides to stay there. Clash with Brian Rose at middleweight is also an option, as is a fight with Andy Lee.

David Maguire – Cruserweight
Begin to move up through the rounds following two impressive displays in 2015.

Moses Matovu – Cruiserweight
Keep doing what he’s doing!

Terry Maughan – Light Middleweight
With Dee Walsh retired, the Irish light middleweight scene is wide open and Maughan would love a second crack at the belt

Tommy McCarthy – Cruiserweight
A big title fight, whether it be Irish, Celtic, and/or British. Big Tommy is ready.

Feargal McCrory – Lightweight
Gain experience and move up through rounds. The Tyrone man is keen to quickly take on a fellow Irish pro.

Tyrone McCullagh – Featherweight
Regular fights both in Ireland and at York Hall to help further develop his new pro style ahead of a big 2017.

Marco McCullough – Featherweight
A Commonwealth title shot followinga topsy-turvy 2015. A win could set up a mouthwatering all-Belfast clash with James Tennyson

JJ McDonagh – Super Middleweight
A return to the ring and a defence of his Irish title – potentially a championship-length rematch with former Prizefighter foe Darren Cruise.

Paddy McDonagh – Light Heavyweight
Much the same as JJ. Get back in the ring and defend his Irish title.

Peter McDonagh – Welterweight
Continue his Cinderella story. A defence of his recently-won Irish welterweight crown. A European title fight with Paulie Malignaggi (We can dream!).

Logan McGuinness – Super Featherweight
A continental title shot for the talented Irish-Canadian and position himself high in the World rankings

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on, Boxing News,, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: