Undercard complete for Ulster Hall show

The matchmaking is complete for the big show at the Ulster Hall next week.

Belfast’s Ryan Burnett returns home in the headline fight, coming back from injury atop the #MTKFightNight card on Friday May 17th where he will step up to super bantamweight and face Filipino southpaw Jelbirt Gomera for the WBC International title.

Chief support is an all-Irish super featherweight clash between Declan Geraghty and Marco McCullough and now the final few undercard bouts have seen their away corners filled.

Olympian Steven Donnelly [4(0)-0] starts off his year after seeing a fight with Chris Jenkinson in March fall through on the day of the fight after his opponent fell ill. The Ballymena light middleweight steps up to six rounds on the YouTube and ESPN+ streamed card in what will be his toughest pro bout to date.

Donnelly will face Nicaraguan Edwin Palacios [12(8)-7(2)-1]. A former national champion at welter, he last month went the distance with top Turk Anatoli Muratov and, in his only other venture overseas, was stopped by American contender Ray Robinson.

Sandy Row welter Lewis Crocker [7(6)-0] fights for the first time since August on the bill in a six-rounder having seen a Celtic title fight with Martin Harkin in December fall through. ‘The Croc’ also has a decent test and will face Jumanne Camero [7(2)-5(0)], a former BBBoC Southern Area lightweight champion managed by Steve Goodwin. All of the Londoner’s losses have been competitive and he upset unbeaten prospect Adrian Martin as recently as March.

Finally, St James’s super middle Padraig McCrory [7(3)-0] will continue building versus Eric Nwankwo [1(1)-3(1)] in another six rounder. The game Nigerian debuted with an upset knockout win over William Webber on a Matchroom bill but has since suffered three losses, being stopped by Linus Udofia but being competitive against Frank Warren’s MMA convert Jack McGann.

The rest of the card’s matches can be seen here.


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