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Title fight confirmed for next Red Corner card

The Red Corner Promotions card in Dublin this coming October will see a local lad go for his maiden title.

The new outfit run their fourth show in the space of a year on Saturday October 7th, and one of the main fights of the night has been confirmed.

Inner city light middleweight Craig O’Brien [5(0)-0] will take a step up to fight for the BUI Celtic title on the ‘Champions Elect’ card at the National Stadium.

The Iron will take on former Welsh champion Lee Churcher [14(4)-3(2)-1] over eight rounds.

Churcher, after drawing for the belt in 2011, claimed the Welsh title in 2012 with a knockout win over Barrie Jones. Following a few years off after the title win, the Newport man returned in 2015 and has picked up two minor belts from the WBF and WBU.

For O’Brien, 36 year old Churcher looks to be another good step-up. On the previous two Red Corner cards the Dubliner has claimed stylish six-round points wins over Spanish pressure fighters in Jorge Vallejo and Christian Hoskin Gomez.

O’Brien, who will turn 28 two days before the fight, had hoped to fight for the belt against Belfast’s Ger Healy, but the Belfast boxer has moved up to middleweight to take on Sean McGlinchey for the Celtic Nations belt in a fight which will take place on Friday October 6th.

Red Corner described how “the fan favourite was the name on everyone’s lips after his last two standout performances so it’s only right he steps out of the shadows and becomes a champion elect in his own right.”

Joining O’Brien on the card will be debutant Karl Kelly, and the return of Allan Phelan, with many more still to be announced.

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