Weekend Preview: June 24th-25th

This weekend sees the long awaited return of professional boxing to Dublin city.

Alongside ‘The Future’ show at the National Stadium there are also a number of Irish in action around the globe.

On Friday morning Down Under, Ballymena bruiser Joe Rea [10(4)-28(12)-5] will look to cause a shock against former Australian champ Tommy Browne at the Wests Rugby League Club in Campbelltown, Sydney.

Across the Irish Sea, Wexford-Brummie Ryan Kelly [5(1)-0] takes on Sunny Whiting in the Holte Suite at Villa Park.

Up the M6 in Middleton there is a debut for ‘Irish’ Tommy Carter, who faces fellow prospect Matty Mainwaring.

In America there is another bout for Bobby Gunn Jr [8(6)-0]. The youngster faces a to-be-announced opponent at the Parkview Ballpark in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Then on Saturday we have the big one. FS Promotions and Hatton Promotions run their inaugural show at the National Stadium in Dublin.

The card features Mark Dunlop-promoted trio Paul Hyland Jr, Darren Cruise, and Alan Donnellan, who face Lazlo Fekete, Ferenc Katona, and Gabr Zsalek.

Dublin welterweights Sean Creagh and Stephen Carroll will both look to impress on the card ahead of their inevitable showdown later this year. The pair take on Gyula Tallosi and Jevgenijs Kravcuks.

There are then also Dublin debuts for Tyrone McCullagh, Jake Hanney, Bernard Roe, and Michael Devine, who will fight against Aleksandrs Birkenbergs, Innocent Anyanwu, Marcin Cybulski, and Daniils Kucurs respectively.

There are professional debuts for Eric Donovan and Jay Byrne against Damian Lawniczak and Gabor Ambrus.

The show will then be headlined by Navan’s Chris Blaney, with the Ricky Hatton-trained super middleweight facing a to-be-announced opponent.

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