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What could be in store for Irish boxers in 2016 (Part 4) continues 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

Tyrone McKenna – Welterweight
A title fight (Irish or Celtic). May be one to benefit from MGM’s planned expansion into Belfast.

Michael McKinson – Welterweight
A previously mooted clash with Tyrone McKenna, or with any of the packed Irish welterweight division

Michael McLaughlin – Light Middleweight
A long-desired Irish title fight for the Boston-based Donegal man.

Christina McMahon – Bantamweight
A much-deserved homecoming fight in Monaghan. Another shot at a World title (at her own weight).

Daniel McShane – Super Featherweight
A return to the ring following major injury.

Ciaran McVarnock – Super Featherweight
Continue gaining experience over in Liverpool and move up through the rounds

Alfredo Meli – Middleweight
A rematch with Conrad Cummings following their thrilling draw. Perhaps a move down to light middleweight where he would be a major force.

Seanie Monaghan – Light Heavyweight
A World title final eliminator. A Madison Square Garden super-fight with fellow New York Irish-American Joe Smith Jr.

Ciaran Mullen – Super Middleweight
A return to winning ways following his draw in December. Continue to develop and learn as a pro.

Noel Murphy – Welterweight
Continue his pro education on the unforgiving U.S. scene. An appearance or two on some big cards.

Paddy Murphy – Welterweight
Re-emerge as a force on the Aussie scene. An Australian title fight.

John Joe Nevin – Super Featherweight
Keep fighting reguarly and building a fan-base in America to set up a 2017 assault on major fights.

Craig O’Brien – Light Middleweight
Move up through the rounds and become a fixture on MGM shows with his silky skills.

Cam O’Connell – Lightweight
A Canadian title-fight for the Red Deer boxer.

John O’Donnell – Welterweight
After the disappointment of being ruled out of his British title eliminator, O’Donnell will want to get back to fighting regularly as soon as possible after years of frustration.

Eamonn O’Kane – Middleweight
Win his comeback fight in March. A crowd-pleasing clash with Spike O’Sullivan.

Darren O’Neill – Heavyweight
After two near-misses, secure qualification to a second Olympics – at a weight 16kilos heavier than 2012!

Michael O’Reilly – Middleweight
Qualify for the Rio Olympics after the controversy of Doha. Will be aiming for a medal in Brazil – maybe even Gold.

Micky O’Rourke – Lightweight
Continue fighting regularly after six scraps in 2015 and make the step up to eight-round fights.

Spike O’Sullivan – Middleweight
Get back into big fights. A European title fight has been mentioned, as have fights with Andy Lee and Eamonn O’Kane.

Stephen Ormond – Lightweight
A long sought-after World title shot. With Crolla and Flanagan seemingly uninterested, a clash with Al Haymon stablemate Rances Barthelemy is a possibility.

Allan Phelan – Featherweight
A return to an Irish ring after learning his trade the hard way over in the U.S.

Joe O'Neill

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