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The Irish in Europe – EBU Rankings June Update

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The European Boxing Union rankings for the month of June have been published today, with plenty of Irish fighters featuring.

Since our last update for the month of April there have been plenty of changes at EU and Europe-wide level.

The rankings, accounting for all bouts up until the end of the past month have six Irish boxers listed.

Wicklow’s Katie Taylor [5(3)-0] remains the #3 lightweight in Europe, with the title now vacant following champion Ewa Brodnicka’s move down in weight.

Luke Keeler [13(5)-2(1)] holds firm at #11 in the middleweight rankings despite his Irish title win against Darren Cruise last month. Paddy McDonagh won the light heavyweight Irish title on the same Red Corner card at the National Stadium, however the Westmeath man has not entered the 175lbs European or EU rankings

Belfast super featherweight southpaw Anto Cacace [15(7)-0] slips to #10 on the 130lbs ladder – although there could be big changes ahead. The Apache faces Martin J Ward (ranked #2) this Saturday with the British and Commonwealth titles on the line.

Also at super featherweight, Irish champion James Tennyson [19(15)-2(2)] stays at #13.

Ryan Burnett [16(9)-0] has been removed from the top of the bantamweight rankings following his world title win against Lee Haskins last month. There is no change however #4-ranked Jamie Conlan [19(11)-0] as Haskins has immediately entered at the top of the ladder

Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] remain the #1 featherweight, however the Belfast boxer is targetting world titles, with a WBC Eliminator with Andres Gutierrez taking place at the end of the month

The six male fighters also feature in the EBU European Union rankings (there is no EU title for women).

#9 Middleweight – Luke Keeler
#9 Super Featherweight – Anto Cacace
#11 Super Featherweight – James Tennyson
#1 Featherweight – Carl Frampton
#3 Bantamweight – Jamie Conlan

In addition, eight more Irish boxers are also in the EU ladders.

Tommy McCarthy [9(5)-1(0] is up one place to #15 in the cruiserweight rankings.

Peter McDonagh [27(23)-28(2)-1] is down one places to #19 at welterweight.

Phil Sutcliffe Jr [13(8)-2(1)] falls to #25 at light welterweight following his controversial stoppage loss to Josh Leather in May.

Paul Hyland Jr [16(6)-0] and Jono Carroll [14(1)-0] have both been removed from the lightweight ladder following their IBF East/West Europe title wins last month at lightweight and super featherweight respectively.

Steve Ormond [24(13)-4(2)] has also fallen out of the rankings following his WBO European title loss to Craig Evans.

In the super featherweight rankings, Declan Geraghty [15(4)-2(1)] remains at #19, although this does not factor in his dominant win over the unbeaten Michael Roberts which took place at the start of July.

Finally, Marco McCullough [17(10)-4(3)] has dropped to #18 at featherweight following his British title loss against Ryan Walsh.

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie