Current BUI Celtic welterweight champion Jay Byrne follows in the footsteps of massive names like Floyd Mayweather, David Haye, Amir Khan and more recently Anthony Joshua by branching out into promoting while still actively punching for pay.
The 31-year-old Irish title hopeful teams up with Assassin Promotions and runs his first show in the National Stadium this Summer.
Rumour has been rife as to how the lineup will look and Byrne has admitted he had pushed to get an Irish title fight for himself on the card.
Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com this week the aptly named ‘Negotiator’ wasn’t willing to drop any names but did confirm that the card will play host to, at the very least, three domestic title fights.
The Declan Geraghty-trained fighter claims all will be revealed this coming Thursday at 5:00pm in the National Stadium at his first press conference but teased that his inaugural show will have an Irish title fight and two Celtic title clashes.
He also added a ‘popular’ name will come out of retirement for the show and stated that that fighter will be present at the presser this week.
“I don’t want to give too much away before Thursday, but we have been working hard and are happy with the line-up and the fights we have made so far,” Byrne told Irish-Boxing.com.
“You will have to come to the press conference at the National Stadium at 5 o’clock on Thursday to get all the details. I can tell you we definitely have one all-Irish clash over the line that’s not for a title plus we have three title fights on the card and we could have more.”
“There will be an Irish title fight and, again, the weight and who will be involved will be confirmed on Thursday. We also have two Celtic title fights ready to be announced and we will confirm a popular name will be making a return to the ring.”
“It’s exciting stuff and I think in terms of JB Promotions it will be an indication of what we want to do moving forward,” added the straight-talking fight/manager/promoter.
What Byrne is looking to do in the short term is create entertaining cards littered with 50/50 fan appealing match-ups. The new promoter along with Assassin, who worked with Red Corner to bring Last Man Standing and TV back to Dublin boxing last month, is also keen to bring as many domestic titles into play that will ensure TV interest remains.
Byrne explained that “we will only announce the confirmed details on Thursday but there are a few more things in the pipeline for the first show.”
“We are looking at doing things slightly different to some of the other promotional companies and, hopefully, that will become apparent to fans. We want to make more 50/50 clashes and will encourage fighters to use the domestic titles to progress their careers.”
“I think those two elements will bring terrestrial TV on board. We know that will only this will only happen with big fights so good fan friendly fights is my main aim.”