Wednesday 21 March 2018

Noely to make Irish debut at National Stadium

Macroom Matters

Tadhg Evans

Macroom boxer Noely Murphy will make his Irish professional debut at the National Stadium in Dublin on February 25, and the New York-based fighter will face Spanish opposition.

Murphy, who has made an unbeaten start to his professional career, will take on Avelino Vazquez (4-2) as part of Red Corner Promotions 'Unfinished Business' Card.

The Macroom pugilist (22) has etched out a sparkling record since first donning gloves. He won two national titles before moving to New York in 2014 to pursue a career in the sport, and under the tutelage of another Corkman, Kevin Crowley, he has won all eight of his professional bouts.

"Noel is only after a fight on the DeGale-Jack undercard a couple of weeks ago, so he's in prime condition," Crowley told The Corkman.

"He'll be back in Ireland a week before the fight, so he'll be well set." Vazquez is regarded as a solid all-rounder. He has lost twice on his travels, but one of those defeats came via a controversial judges' decision.

"He's a tough, aggressive boxer so it should be a good fight," Crowley said. "He has a winning record, and one of his losses was regarded as debatable, so he's another quality opponent for Noely."

As Vazguez is Galician, it is hoped his bout with Murphy could be installed as a BUI Celtic Title fight. At the time of print, this had not yet been confirmed. Murphy recorded the best win of his career last month, inflicting a first defeat on American fighter Maxito Sainvil in New York's Barclay's Centre. The comfortable points win moved the Macroom fighter's impressive record to 8-0. The fight was part of the undercard to a Floyd Mayweather-promoted fight between James DeGale and Badou Jack.

Doors for the February 25 card open at 6pm. Ringside tickets cost €60, with gallery tickets priced at €45. Tickets are available from Kevin by phoning (083) 857 7681.