The MHD Promoted TG4 broadcast card might just look a little different than initially planned.
Eric Donovan [15(8)-2(2)] brings terrestrial TV back to boxing when he fights Khalil El Hadri [13(7)-1(0)] for the EBU EU featherweight title at the Europa Hotel on Saturday night.
Former European Champion Tommy McCarthy still appears as chief support, while Conor Quinn still makes his eagerly anticipated Irish debut. The mouthwatering Clash of Cavan between Dominic Donegan and Owen Duffy remains and looks to add serious entertainment to the undercard and Owen O’Neill still fights but not against Martin Quinn as first expected.
‘The Honeybadger’ Eddie Treacy is also off the card for reasons out of his or his promoter’s control.
All that means the reverse running order for the TV portion of the card is likely to be as follows:
Eric Donovan vs Khalil El Hadri
Tommy McCarthy vs Reinis Porozovs
Dominic Donegan vs Owen Duffy
Owen O’Neill vs Marek Laskowski
Conor Quinn vs Angel Gabriel Chavez
Speaking to Boxing Tickets NI over the weekend, show promoter Mark Dunlop revealed he was hoping to make a few additions to the card, and that subject to opponent approval from the British Boxing Board of Control Edward Donovan, Gerard Hughes and Nick Campbell may all appear.
Donovan’s brother Paddy will provide commentary for the fight night, taking up a role as a pundit, so he will most likely be up in Belfast next Saturday regardless. If the Limerick middleweight does get to box it will be his first fight in Ireland. If Huges trades leather on the card it will be his first-ever pro fight. The Ballycastle native confirmed he was turning over in May of this year but has yet to compete.
Scottish heavyweight Nick Campbell was last seen defeating Jay McFarlane in an extremely entertaining Scottish heavyweight title fight live on Sky, he may make his return after injury. His appearance on Irish tv may stoke the flames with regard to a possible fight with Thomas Carty, the Dublin gaeilgeoir who has recently called him out.