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Cacace braced for tilt at title

There haven't been many local pro bills of late, so tonight's Rumble in Dublin at the National Basketball Arena is sure to attract fight fans.

A nine-bout card is headlined by the Irish super featherweight title bout between unbeaten Belfast fighter Anthony Cacace (4-0) and Mickey Coveney (13-17).

The pair met in June in a six-round bout which Cacace won on a last round TKO. This time it's 10 rounds with a vacant belt at stake.

Tallaght local Robbie Long (6-3), now being coached by Eddie Hyland, meets Belfast's Joe Hillerby (7-1) at light middleweight.

Unbeaten Carrickmacross bantamweight Christina McMahon (3-0, 2KO) hopes that a win against French featherweight champion Stephanie Ducastel will make her a genuine contender. "Being the only female pro in Ireland means that Christina has to do a lot of travelling to get good sparring," says her coach, and husband, Frick McMahon.

"Hopefully this bout will position Christina for a European challenge."