Battles with the ‘Old Enemy’ seem more frequent now than they did 100 years ago. It appears we are about to have a fourth mouthwatering Irish v English clash confirmed in the coming weeks.
We have Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan versus Chris Eubank Jr to look forward to on December 12th, followed by a mouthwatering Andy Lee Billy Joe Saunders WBO middleweight World title fight seven days later, Carl Frampton’s IBF defence against Scott Quigg gives us a massive bout in the New Year and it now appears Jamie Conlan versus Liverpool’s former World champion Paul Butler will be confirmed if Butler wins on December 19th.
Speaking after career win number 15 -a stoppage defeat of the man with the mullet Aidran Dimas Grazon in the National Stadium on Saturday night- ‘The Mexican’ revealed Butler talks are well underway and suggested that both camps are at the dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s stage.
One I that remains to be dotted is venue. Conlan is Belfast keen, Butler would most likely have Liverpool leanings, while it seems Frank Warren and the people at Boxnation are impressed with the National Stadium as a venue.
MGM are back in Dublin in February, but there are whispers they may be looking for a bigger venue and have a big announcement in the pipeline, which had some suggesting Conlan versus Butler may take place in the O2 with a strong undercard.
Speculation aside, the Belfast favourite and one of a number of Irish-boxing ‘Mr Nice’ guys confirmed the fight is in the making and he is confident it will happen next year.
“Butler has to get December 19 out of the way and then we’re both going to have a good Christmas,” said the Mexican.
“We’re already in talks but the venue is going to be a decision because I’ve sold out the National Stadium for an eight-round fight. People didn’t really care what I was fighting in tonight, and the organisers said it sold out because of me.”
“I didn’t believe it, but I was honoured and proud of it, but next year it could be the Stadium. I would love it in Belfast, but the TV love the stadium – they think it’s the perfect boxing atmosphere and the perfect boxing venue – but for me, the Ulster Hall in Belfast, even though it’s a bit small, it would suit me down to the ground. My fans would be nearly in the ring with me that night.”