Tuesday 20 February 2018

Boxing: Undefeated Murray set for title 'cracker' against Fagan

Pat Myler

The Irish professional boxing year gets off to an exciting start with four national title fights on the same bill at the National Stadium on February 13.

In the main event, unbeaten Cavanman Andy Murray defends his lightweight crown against Dubliner Oisin Fagan in what Boxing Union of Ireland president Mel Christle predicted will be a "cracker".

Murray, now fully recovered from a broken collarbone suffered during training last September, said: "This is a massive chance for me to show what I can do and hopefully it will be the start of a big year for me.

"Oisin has been in with some of the best and he has all that experience from big fights he had while he was in the US. But I'm confident I can win."

In the first Irish heavyweight title fight for 13 years, Galwayman Coleman Barrett, who suffered his only loss against Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison last year, takes on Dubliner Colin Kenna.

The title was stripped from Kevin McBride due to inactivity, but the winner of next month's clash will be ordered to defend against Belfast veteran Martin Rogan within three months.

Unbeaten Patrick Hyland, from Tallaght, puts his featherweight title at stake against Mickey Coveney, a Londoner with roots in Co Cork.

Also down for decision, which promoter Brian Peters is billing as "Civil War", Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald and Leeds-based Belfastman Lee Murtagh will contest the vacant Irish super-middleweight title.

Irish Independent

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