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Time to go again – Boxing returns to Dublin

It’s official Dublin will see a pro boxing card for the first time since March of 2019 on November 19.

As reported previously by Irish-boxing.com the National Stadium will play host to a ‘Rising Out of the Ashes’ fight night next month.

Tony Davitt Promotions and Elite Sports Promotions have teamed up with Carl Greaves Promotions to run a 14 fight card.

November 19 was a date also set to host a Waterford fight night but Irish-boxing.com can confirm that card has been postponed.

The Dublin card will be the first pro boxing bill to play out in Ireland, outside of Belfast, since a show in Cork in July of 2019 and the first time Dublin will see a professional fight nightsince the Clash of the Titans card in February of that same year.

There have been numerous reports of capital comebacks over the years with shows aplenty being scheduled and canceled. Boxing Ireland announced a show for November 20 and the National Basketball Arena last year before pandemic problems put paid to Celtic Clash 13. DDP Sports also had hopes of a May card this year but again it never came to fruition.

Dublin’s last card, which was broadcast on TG4 saw eagerly anticipated derbies matchups between Eric Donovan and Stephen McAfeeFrancy Luzoho and Martin QuinnAiden Metcalfe and Alan Phelan as well as Graham McCormack versus then Irish based South African Jade Karam.

As well as ending a period of capital punishment for fight fans the card also ends prolonged periods out of the ring for a number of named fighters.

Irish middleweight champion Craig O’Brien fights for the first time year and just the third time since 2019 on the bill. ‘The Iron’s’ fellow Celtic Warrior Gym mate Niall Kennedy trades leather for the first time 18 months. Their fellow Paschal Collins trained puncher Ray Moylette also makes a welcome return stepping through the ropes for the first time since he lost to Dalton Smith in March of this year.

Robbie Burke and Kevin Cronin both appear on the fight poster but not beside each other just yet. It’s believed the Dublin and Kerry super middleweights will share the ring at the same time but the BUI would like the Crumlin BC trained fighter to get a six round win first.

Brett McGinty will make his Irish debut on the card, it’s understood he had agreed to fight Craig O’Brien but the BUI wouldn’t sanction it for the Irish title so both appear in separate fights.

Cathy McAleer is another returning from a lay off the Belfast battler appearing for the first time since December of 2020 when she was upset by Gabriella Mezei. Francy Luzoho who has put together a run of wins in England returns to the Stadium where he was last seen against Martin Quinn.

Tony Davitt trained duo Danny Keating and Liam Walsh will also have fights on the bill, as will Celtic Warrior Gym fighters Daniel O’Sullivan and Jesus Alvarez. Danny Wilson will fight for the fourth time since turning over and Harrison Jameson from Ballyjamesduff makes his debut.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com