What could be in store for Irish boxers in 2016 (Part 3)

irish-boxing.com 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 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