Big time pro boxing makes sensational return with trio of mouth-watering events

by Jonny Stapleton
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There were green shoots throughout 2023 but it seems the drought is well and truly over.

Dublin fight fans can expect a boxing feast this spring with the confirmation of three pro fight nights in the space of a month.

JB Promotions will run cards on February 9, March 1 and March 8 in the Warehouse at the Red Cow.

First up is the ‘The Recall’ card, which will be topped by a BUI Celtic light-welterweight title fight between Senan Kelly and Welsh Champion and Jake Tinklin and will have fights Dubs Peter Carr, Shane Meehan and Cain Lewis, as well as Navan duo Sean Murray and Cain Lewis, Bray’s Matthew Tyndall and Limerick names Graham McCormack and Edward Donovan.

Tony McGlynn, the returning Robbie Burke, Richie O’Leary and Glenn Byrne will provide Dublin interest on former pro Jay Byrne’s second card of 2024, ‘Stars of the Future’ while  

Potential Irish title foes Katelynn Phelan and Cheyanne O Neill appear in separate fights. Lee Reeves fights for the first time since his stint on BBC’s Survivor and Bray’s Oisin Treacy gets out for a second time since turning over.  

Details of the March 8 card have yet to be officially confirmed.

Former BUI and BBBofC Celtic champion Byrne isn’t concerned about filling the three cards nor about how well they will be supported.

Indeed, he claims he needed two cards to get his stable the fights they demanded and had to put on a third upon being bombarded with requests from fighters not aligned to him looking for action.

“We wanted to start the year off early so fighters would get straight back to work after Christmas, so February 9th seemed the perfect date,” begins the Loughlins town native.

“We looked at the stable of fighters we had and realised we needed another date to keep them active and that’s why we booked in March 1.

“However once we started talking about that card the phone never stopped, we had over 20 inquiries for slots on the show from other managers and fighters, so at that stage I decided to try keep them all happy and do another show the week after,” he adds before refusing to bemoan the extra work load or stress involved in promoting three shows so close together.

“I think it’s great for Irish boxing to have activity and a proper structure of activity and constant shows, it keeps boxers in the gym but also we have introduced so many new young guys into the professional sport and I feel that is great for our sport.”

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