Irish boxing returns to The National Stadium in Dublin on July 7

Ringside 26/04/2018

Irish boxing will make yet another huge surge on July 7th, as professional boxing returns to The National Stadium.

Professional boxer, and current BUI Celtic champion, Jay Byrne under his new promotional banner ‘JB Management & Promotions’ will promote their first professional boxing show, in association with Assassin Boxing Ireland.

Assassin Boxing Ireland were those at the forefront of the last professional boxing show at The National Stadium, on March 3rd with the first of the ‘Last Man Standing’ competition, which saw a historic evening for Irish boxing, as the professional game returned to Irish TV’s for the first time in over 9 years.

Conor Slater of Assassin Boxing explained; ‘The viewing figures and the overall reaction following Last Man Standing was brilliant. The media attention was sensational. There is a huge opportunity for us here to really develop this market.

We are currently talking to the networks. We have a great working relationship with those at TG4. This show is going to be sensational, it’s been a while since we’ve see this many 50/50 fights in the Republic of Ireland. We are expanding every time. We have some great plans to really enhance this show. We dipped our toes in the Irish market with Last Man Standing, and now we are here to stay. This is ‘The Beginning’

Jay Byrne too featured on that bill, as he went to war with Craig O Brien over 10 rounds for The BUI Irish title. Although Byrne has aspirations of picking up multiple titles over the next 6 months, the Dubliner will now turn his attention somewhat to the promotion side of things.

Byrne said ‘I am really looking forward to teaming up with Assassin and bringing together some spectacular shows. I want to promote 50/50 matches and All Irish clashes to excite our fans and build our next champions the real way. I can promise the best production a professional boxing show in Ireland will have seen and a stage that all fighters will want to be on’.

July 7th promises to be yet another milestone for Irish boxing. With a number of boxers already confirmed and some mouthwatering title fights, this is a show that is not to be missed.

Paddy McDonagh (11-2) will face off with unbeaten star David Bailey (7-0) over 10 rounds for McDonagh’s BUI Irish Light-heavyweight title, that McDonagh picked up against Stevie Collins Jr last June.

McDonagh commented ‘I am really excited to be on this huge show. It will be great to be out again defending my title. This is my mandatory defence, which has been ordered. I could have ducked it, but I am not. The fight was originally meant for March 3rd, so I have been training since January for this fight. Come July 7th, it will be the best I have ever prepared for a fight”.

Also on the card will be a number of other title fights, with official confirmation to come over the forthcoming weeks. However, Victor Rabei (4-0) will face off against fellow Dubliner Karl Kelly (1-1) over 8 rounds for The BUI Celtic Super-Lightweight title (pending approval from The BUI)

With both JB Management & Promotion and Assassin Boxing Ireland managing over a combined 30 fighters, many of these will feature on the under card, with the likes of Cillian Reardon, Jordan Latimer, Craig McCarthy, Liam Gaynor, Eoin McGrath, and Dylan Moran all to feature too.

There will be a welcome return to the ring for the very popular Lynn Harvey, who looks to add to her impressive record of 4 wins with just one defeat.

While Eddie Tracey is to make his professional debut, having turned to the paid ranks, and signed with JB Management and Promotion. Tracey is to have a mouthwatering debut in an all irish clash, that is due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Byrne along with Assassin Boxing, have made it clear their willingness to work alongside all promoters, and the proof comes in the shape of Dylan McDonagh, Martin Quinn, and Conor Doherty all featuring on the under, three boxers who are all managed and promoted by ‘Boxing Ireland Promotions’.

Meanwhile, the star of the March 3rd show, Craig O Brien, who added the Irish title to his collection in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators also returns on this stacked bill, as he looks to keep busy ahead of some mouthwatering clashes before the end of the year.

Kaz Evans of Assassin Boxing said ‘I am really looking forward to Dublin now on July 7th. We really want to build on our success following Last Man Standing, and this is the perfect opportunity. The fights will excite the fans. We have some phenomenal ideas for the production side of things too. We are not in the business of making easy matches. We want one’s that are TV friendly and that come to life, and excite the fans. We have a long term plan in Ireland, and it all starts here.’’