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What could be in store for Irish boxers in 2016 (Part 5) finishes its hopeful look at the next 12 months.

Part 1 can be viewed HERE

Part 2 can be viewed HERE

Part 3 can be viewed HERE

Part 4 can be viewed HERE

Jason Quigley – Middleweight
Some appearances on big Golden Boy undercards. A step up to eight rounders and title eligibility.

Paul Quinn – Featherweight
A full recovery from his sickenening injury last Summer.

Stevie Quinn Jr – Super Bantamweight
Now back from Panama, Quinn Jr will want regular fights and an opportunity to make an assault on the British scene.

Joe Rea – Super Middleweight
A big fight for the ‘fight anyone’ Ballymena slugger. One who will always be an underdog, Rea has the ability to shock a few prospects.

Bernard Roe – Light Middleweight
Start to move up through the rounds and, hopefully, a home debut for the Dubliner.

Martin Rogan – Heavyweight
A comeback has been hinted by the popular Belfast man. A third clash with Sam Sexton or an Irish title fight with Sean Turner.

Con Sheehan – Heavyweight
Continue gaining experience with Virgil Hill on the tough US scene after his impressive debut win.

Joe Smith Jr – Light heavyweight
A St. Patrick’s Weekend clash with fellow Irish-American Seanie Monaghan at Madison Square Garden.

Phil Sutcliffe Jr – Light Welterweight
An opportunity. That’s all Sucko needs to take the World by storm.

Gary Sweeney – Cruiserweight
Only a baby in boxing terms. A succesful debut in February and lots more outings throughout the year.

Katie Taylor – Lightweight
Olympic Gold.

James Tennyson – Featherweight
A British title fight in April against Ryan Walsh. A British-Commonwealth unification with Marco McCullough this Summer.

Ian Tims – Cruiserweight
One more big, money-spinning fight for the big man. Will take some stopping.

Tommy Tolan – Middleweight
The popular veteran will hope to continue headling MBC shows in Belfast.

Sean Turner – Heavyweight
Continue shedding the weight and batter his way into Irish title contention

Anto Upton – Light Welterweight
Rebuild after his English title loss and have another shot at the belt later in the year.

Pauly Upton – Light Middleweight
An Irish title win, perhaps on the mooted MGM Belfast April show, against Terry Maughan.

Sonny Upton – Light Middleweight
A win in his English title eliminator in March then a crack at the belt.

John Waldron – Light Heavyweight
The veteran should not be fed to prospects this year. Fighting on the MBC circuit, hopefully the Western Warrior can grab a win or two.

Michael Waldron – Middleweight
In April, ‘Quick Mick’ returns to the ring four years after his debut. Good to see him back.

Dean Walsh – Light Welterweight
Keep improving and secure qualification for Rio.

Michaela Walsh – Flyweight
Olympic qualification at her new lower weight. Could go all the way.

Joe Ward – Light Heavyweight
An Olympic medal after missing out on the party in London. Revenge on Julio Cesar La Cruz?

Luke Watkins – Cruiserweight
An Irish title fight for the Duke. Ian Tims could oblige.

Ger Whitehouse – Welterweight
Continue thrilling his passionate fan base and move up through the rounds.

Matthew Wilton – Welterweight
A move down to light welterweight has been mooted and both he and his team are targetting titles in 2016.

Luke Wilton – Flyweight
Acquit himself well in front of a massive audience against Charlie Edwards on the Frampton-Quigg undercard. The very live Belfast underdogould shock the youngster.

Joe O'Neill

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