By Elliot Foster
Eight Irish fighters have been confirmed for Eddie Hearn’s next big show in Belfast.
The Matchroom chief hasn’t been to the city with a fight night since Carl Frampton’s victory over Kiko Martinez and he had hoped to return sooner.
But due to the change in the boxing landscape and the fact that fights have become bigger as time has moved on, he has been unable to do that until now.
Ryan Burnett is back in his homeland and will challenge Lee Haskins for the IBF bantamweight world title on June 10, exclusively live on Sky Sports.
And the undefeated former British WBC International and WBO European champion, who was last in action in Hull on February 25, will be joined by a host of his fellow countrymen on the card being billed ‘Belfast Boy’.
Paul Hyland Jr. was the first fighter to be confirmed for the undercard and it has since been revealed that he will be in a title fight. No further details, regarding the type of belt or his foe, have yet been disclosed.
Also announced for the card at the first press conference, which took place at the Europa Hotel last week, were Coalisland super featherweight Feargal McCrory, fresh off his win over Jay Carney last month who recently turned down the opportunity to face Joe Cordina at Wembley Stadium on April 29, and that division’s Irish champion James Tennyson.
Tennyson was last in action on March 10 at the Waterfront Hall when he stopped Declan Geraghty. He had been set to box on ‘Celtic Clash 2’ on May 27 in Dublin, but he withdrew from that card in favour of appearing on the Haskins-Burnett televised bill. Boxing Scene understands another title fight could be in the offing for Tennyson.
Matt Wilton, Paddy Gallagher and Tyrone McCullagh will feature, while Kieran Farrell-managed duo Padraig McCrory and Sean Magee will both make dream debuts on the bill.
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Rohan Date will make his Irish debut later this month.
Following two fights in exotic Dubai, who is by all accounts one of the biggest hitting amateurs of recent times, Date has been assured of action on May 27.
That action will come on the undercard of the ‘Celtic Clash 2’ bill at Dublin’s National Stadium.
An opponent for the 24-year-old United Arab Emirates resident will be revealed soon, while light-heavyweight Johnny Corcoran will also make his bow in the paid code on the bill.
Elsewhere, it has now been confirmed that Alex Dickinson will make his professional debut on Frank Warren’s June 17 card at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
The Liverpudlian, who has signed promotional terms with the Hall of Fame Promoter as well as a managerial contract with MTK Global, revealed the news on social media after it was reported recently that Boxing Scene understood that he would be on the card.
He will be joined by Sean McGlinchey, the Kieran Farrell-managed middleweight from Derry, who claimed bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, as the 24-year-old has his second pro fight.