‘Summer Brawl’ headline fight confirmed

The headline fight of the big MHD Promotions show in Belfast next month has been confirmed.

It has been announced this evening that Coalisland super featherweight Feargal McCrory [10(4)-0] will top the ‘Summer Brawl’ bill at the Europa Hall on Saturday May 18th where he will face game Nicaraguan Yesner Talvera [15(4)-6(1)-1].

The Managuan 24-year-old enjoyed good success in his home country as a bantamweight, racking up a 15-3-1 record and winning and defending the Nicaraguan 118lbs title. Like many of his countrymen, Talvera has since relocated to Barcelona to be an away corner fighter, losing rankings title fights to Albert Pagara and Mzuvukile Magwaca before moving through the weights and losing last weekend to decorated Italian Devis Boschiero.

Tyrone’s McCrory is well acquainted with Nicaraguan opposition having had entertaining fights with Rafael Castillo and Brayan Mairena last year.

Last time out, having seen a hand injury force him out of an Irish 130lbs title fight with Stephen McAfee, McCrory moved up in weight and stopped Dubliner Karl Kelly in nine rounds to win the national lightweight title. This was always seen as a temporary move and McCrory is back down at super feather now and targeting a run at further honours.


Promoter Mark Dunlop explained how “I always try and rotate the main event fighters to give them the valuable experience that this brings.”

“After Feargal’s last contest at the Ulster Hall in February he more than deserves the opportunity and he is grabbing it with both hands.”

“The line-up is so talented that any one of them could fill the spot.”

“It promises to be a great night of boxing and we can’t wait for May 18th. Feargal is certainly looking forward to it.”

The card in just over three weeks’ time will also feature receent world title challenger James Tennyson, BUI Celtic light welter champion Victor Rabei, cruiserweight contender Tommy McCarthy, and bantamweight prospect Cathy McAleer.

The show is part of a big month for Belfast, with an #MTKFightNight bill at the Ulster Hall the night before and ‘Celtic Clash 8’ taking place at the Devenish the following Saturday.


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Joe O'Neill

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