Karl Kelly v Victor Rabei title fight finds new home


The intriguing clash of styles between Victor Rabei and Karl Kelly for the vacant BUI Celtic light welterweight title has been saved.

The Dublin duo were meant to do battle for the secondary belt this weekend at the National Stadium only to see the JB Promotions ‘The Beginning’ show cancelled.

This evening it has been confirmed that the pair will still fight for the belt, with the bout being transferred to the ‘Celtic Clash 6‘ bill at Good Counsel GAA Club in Drimnagh on Saturday July 14th.

The fight pits the speedy and skilled Rabei [4(1)-0] of Rathmichael in with Monkstown slugger Kelly [1(0)-1(0)] and was due to act as the co-headliner to the Irish light heavyweight title fight between champion Paddy McDonagh and David Bailey.

The eight-round clash now joins the top of the Boxing Ireland and Tony Davitt alongside a BUI Celtic super bantamweight title fight between Carl McDonald and Colin O’Donovan and the return of Eric Donovan.

It is the third fight from the cancelled JB Promotions bill to migrate over to Celtic Clash 6 along with Boxing Ireland duo Martin Quinn and Dylan McDonagh.

Additionally, Belfast lightweight debutant Stephen Webb has been given a new start date, and will also now fight on July 14th at the York Hall in London.

The Celtic Clash 6 card also features Niall O’Connor, Stephen McAfee, John Joyce, Aiden Metcalfe, Christian Scuvie, Graham McCormack, Keane McMahon v Jade Karam, and the debut of Conor Cooke.

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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