TG4 did indeed commission a series.
The return to boxing with Eric Donovan late last month wasn’t a once-off comeback. It was today confirmed that TG4 will broadcast MHD’s November show.
The Irish language station will air the MHD XXV fight night and will broadcast two intriguing and potentially dramatic domestic dalliances into homes around the country.
The terrestrial channel will air the card on which Owen O’Neill and Owen Duffy will fight for the vacant BUI light middleweight Celtic title and Colm Murphy will defend the featherweight version of the strap against Liam Gaynor.
The Irish-language station has shown a willingness to broadcast boxing recently, becoming home for National Elite Finals night, airing Last Man Standing, a Ray Moylette fight night in Castlebar and the bumper ‘Clash of the Titans’ show from the National Stadium.
They returned to pro boxing after a three year absence just last month when they broadcast MHD’s most recent show and thus Donovan’s magical EU title-winning moment
🚨NUACHT /NEWS🚨— Spórt TG4 (@SportTG4) October 13, 2022
🥊 Colm Murphy v Liam Gaynor
🥊 Owen O'Neill v Owen Duffy
🏆 2 x BUI Celtic Title
📅 19 Samhain / November
📺 Beo / Live @TG4TV
Dornálaíocht ghairmiúil le craoladh ar @TG4TV i gcomhar le @MARKHDUNLOP #IrishBoxing #Boxing pic.twitter.com/Z1W9GhAb2e
Things have upped a level now as they show Mark Dunlop’s next fight night and provide a platform for more Irish talent to show their wares.
It’s huge news for the sport as a potential of a long-term link-up with a TV station such as TG4 could have a transformative effect.
The bill which also hosts fights for Dominic Donegan and Conor Quinn has been moved forward a week and will now take place in the Girwood Community Hub rather than the Europa Hotel.